Chinese restaurant operators urged to keep China’s image respectable in Samoa

Chinese translator John Fengjuin Zhang, Chinese Embassy Secretary Frank Jie Ding and MOH ACEO Mae’e Ualesi Silva

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA: THURSDAY 09 APRIL 2015 : The local Chinese restaurant owners and operators are urged to keep in mind the good image of China when doing business in Samoa.

The recently appointed Secretary to China’s Embassy in Samoa, Mr.Frank Jie Ding reminded the Chinese restaurant operators in a meeting yesterday that they would always be representing their mother wherever they do business in the world.

“You have to consider the good image of China in Samoa,” said Mr. Ding.

Mr. Ding was the guest speaker in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Food Safety meeting with the Chinese food operators and owners yesterday.

Mr. Ding said China prioritize food security in every turn of events in China.

“It is our social responsibility to keep and uphold China’s image,” said Mr. Ding.

The focus of the meeting was to dialogue, share and discuss some of the food safety and security issues that the Ministry had identified through some of their side visits and inspections of all local restaurants.

Yesterday’s session was specifically for the Chinese restaurant operators.

A chance was given for the Chinese restaurant operators to voice any concerns they have regarding the operation of their businesses or any ideas on how the services could be developed.

They was also discussion on the guidelines set down for all restaurant operators to abide by.

The meeting was conducted in three languages, English, Chinese and Samoan.

Some of the Chinese restaurant owners and operators at yesterday's meeting

Some of the Chinese restaurant owners and operators at yesterday’s meeting

The Chinese translator for the Ministry of Health, Mr. John Fengjuin Zhang interpreted for the Chinese restaurant operators.

Food safety is a responsibility of all people and according to Mae’e Ualesi Siliva, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Health Protection and Enforcement Division, having enough and safe food keeps a country’s social and economic sustainability.

“Hygienic is the most prioritized issue on the MOH agenda and it is the obligation of the Ministry that guidelines and legislation is endorsed to ensure the safety of everyone,” said Mae’e.

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