H.E. Raul S. Hernandez, PH Ambassador to Korea and Commercial Counselor Jose Ma. Dinsay (fourth and third from left) join hands with H.E. Lee Hyuk, ASEAN-Korea Centre Secretary General, H.E. Nguyen Vu Tu, Ambassador of Vietnam, H.E. Dato' Mohd Ashri Muda, Ambassador of Malaysia, Commercial Counselors of other ASEAN member countries and ASEAN-Korea Centre officials during the Formal Opening Ceremony of the ASEAN Trade Fair on Seafood that was held on 22 April 2019 at the COEX Convention Center in Gangnam-gu, Seoul.
The ASEAN Trade Fair on Seafood was organized by the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) to expand seafood trade between Korea and member countries of ASEAN in view of the exponential growth in the demand and supply of seafood, a major agricultural commodity traded around the world.
Major seafood exporters from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam
exhibited their seafood products during this event. The PH Embassy through the PH Trade
and Investment Center and in partnership with the DTI's Export Marketing Bureau organized
the participation of PH seafood exporters in the event.
Ambassador Hernandez, along with ASEAN Secretary General Lee Hyuk, H.E. Nguyen Vu Tu, Ambassador of Vietnam, H.E. Dato' Mohd Ashri Muda, Ambassador of Malaysia, Commercial Counselor Jose Ma. Dinsay and other Commercial Counselors, toured the pavilions of the participating ASEAN member countries and sampled the varied seafood offerings at each pavilion.
At the Philippine pavilion, nine seafood exporters showcased to the dignitaries and visitors a wide variety of seafood products encompassing fresh yellowfin tuna; frozen tuna, mahi, crabs, shrimps, milkfish and octopus; dried and smoked fish; seafood-based condiments such as sauteed shrimp paste and fish sauce; snacks such as crispy anchovies, crispy squid and dried fish; and bottled milkfish, herring and sardines. The dignitaries were able to taste unique Philippine seafood delicacies such as marinated milkfish, sardines and the famous fresh tuna from Mindanao at the Philippine pavilion.
The Philippines' participation in the ASEAN Trade Fair was a resounding success as the PH seafood exporters were able to link up with Korean buyers and to secure business deals.