GAA International Business Development Manager Carson Roper returned to Vietnam in January and, with GAA’s BAP representative in Vietnam, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh, worked to further strengthen ties with the country’s Pangasius and shrimp sectors.

After meetings in Can Tho and Hanoi with the Viet Nam Pangasius Assoiciation (VNPA), both organizations formally agreed to a collaborative arrangement to promote responsible practices in the Pangasius sector. Dr. Vo Hung Dung of VNPA and Roper signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

cappma-strategy-session“We are delighted to formalize our relationship with VNPA through this MoU,” said Roper. We are looking forward to working together with VNPA to advance responsible practices not only in the farming of Pangasius through VietGAP as a stepping stone to BAP certification, but also through the incorporation of responsible practices at the hatchery level and through responsible feed. We are also looking forward to assisting in the development of stronger market ties for BAP-certified Pangasius.”

The BAP team also collaborated with the Integrated Coastal Management Programme (ICMP) in Ca Mau province. Visits to extensive small-scale shrimp farms were hosted by the Nhung Mien Mangrove Forest Protection Management Board. GAA looks forward to potential iBAP projects to facilitate BAP certification in Ca Mau province.

Finally, Roper and Mrs. Binh met with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to establish a roadmap for benchmarking VietGAP with the BAP farm standards. In China, Roper and Jane Bi, BAP’s market development manager for Asia, met with the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA) in Beijing for a strategy and planning session to facilitate the implementation of the June 2014 MoU and to support the promotion of responsible aquaculture in China for 2015.

cappma-dr-cui“GAA and CAPPMA had a productive meeting and aligned our mutual objectives through a series of joint activities and initiatives,” said Bi. “Both organizations recognize that we share a set of core stakeholders through a commitment to responsible practices and BAP certification. In 2015, our focus is to support those enterprises through training and market insights and help more CAPPMA members to follow their steps.”