The Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB) has beat stiff competition to host the World Seafood Congress in September 2019.

Penang will be the first Asian destination to host the international event, which is expected to attract some 300 delegates.

The winning bid from Penang was presented by PCEB, along with key government and industry stakeholders at the recent World Seafood Congress 2017 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

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Owned by the International Association of Fish Inspectors, the annual conference—which has been running for close to 50 years—is considered the leading knowledge platform for the seafood industry, focusing on quality management and seafood processing technology. 

Penang’s chief minister, Lim Guan Eng, said: "Congresses like this are as important to the host destination as they are to delegates... We get to create a legacy for the larger fishery and aquaculture industry in Asia.

“In 2016, Penang’s fishery sector recorded a revenue of RM1.3 billion (USD300 million) and we believe this congress will make an impact on the numbers and bring more awareness and innovation to our fishery industry.”

WFC 2019 will be held at the new Setia SPICE Convention Centre
 

PCEB chief executive, Ashwin Gunasekeran, added: “The wealth of knowledge and expertise that the congress will bring to Penang will not only benefit and enrich the local fishery industry but also that of the greater Asian region. We hope that the World Seafood Congress coming to Penang will help to pave the way for other Asian hosts in the future.”

The World Seafood Congress 2019 will take place at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in September 2019. While Penang Institute will serve as the local organising host, the congress is also supported by the Penang State Government, PCEB and Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).

Penang Institute executive director, Dato’ Dr. Ooi Kee Beng, said: “As the local host, Penang Institute will draw on its national and regional connections to prepare for a congress worthy of Asia’s new position in the global economy,” he added.