Tuesday, 13 January 2009 1:09 PM

Investor Expresses Interest for Tuna Cannery

Getax Australia, a consultant agency, is expected to start a feasibility study into the Foumamanu area in East Kwara'ae as a potential tuna cannery location by June this year.

Graemme Maus of the Australian company and Don Hosokawa of Tuna Tech Services, a U-S based tuna consultant agency, are in the country and have held an introductory meeting with tribal landowning representatives of Foumamanu [yesterday] morning.

Mr. Hosokawa has described the meeting as successful and they are serious about investing in Foumamanu.

The visiting consultants are expected to meet with Malaita Premier Richard Na'amo Irosaea to brief him on the meeting's outcome tomorrow morning in Honiara.

Meanwhile, a land owner of the Foumamanu area in East Kwara'ae, Malaita, John Maetia Kaliuae, has said that the planned tuna cannery in the area would be easy to start than other projects that had been planned for Malaita.

Mr. Kaliuae says this following talks between Getax Australia, a consultant agency, that has shown interest to start a feasibility study into the a potential tuna cannery in East Malaita by June this year.

The consultant agency, yesterday, held an introductory meeting with tribal landowning representatives of Foumamanu.

Mr. Kaliuae says the tuna cannery project would not take long to start, unlike the Bina Harbour and Auluta Palm Oil Project which have been talked about for some times now.

He says once the Foumamanu tuna cannery starts, it will provide hundreds of jobs for the people.

The visiting consultants are expected to meet with Malaita Premier Richard Na'amo Irosaea to brief him on the meeting's outcome today in Honiara.

Source: SIBC News

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