Partnerships sought with Chinese institutions
SAIMI is exploring partnership agreements between South African Universities and Chinese maritime institutions following an educational visit to China by a delegation which included SAIMI project coordinator Odwa Mtati.
“Like South Africa, China is blessed with an extensive coastline and vast territorial waters.
“Unlike China, our country has not yet taken full advantage of this strategic opportunity. We have much to learn from the Chinese education and research institutes,” he says.
The visit was facilitated by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China which is an executive agency of the State Council of China.
The delegation was hosted by the Fujian Institute of Oceanography (FJIO), which is located in Xiamen, Fujian Province of China.
The focus of FJIO is marine management planning, marine information system development, port exploration and measurement, marine environmental monitoring and assessment, mariculture technology to new species culture and disease control technology.
“We were advised that since the early 2000’s, the International Communication & Training Centre of FJIO has supervised many bilateral/ multilateral training courses/ seminars/ workshops on marine technology and management in the framework of China/aid training programs.
“The themes of training courses/seminars/workshops include the fields of marine fisheries management, value-added fishery product development and market system construction, aquaculture technology, integrated coastal management, marine management and blue economic development,” says Mtati.