The second assembly of the Fish Commerce and Enterprise Improvement Working Group, organised by the African Union-InterAfrican Bureau for Animal Sources (AU-IBAR) and AUDA-NEPAD, occurred in Gaborone, Botswana from 20-21 July 2023. This assembly was a part of the African Fisheries Reform Mechanism (AFRM). This gathering marked the second meeting of the restructured Working Group on Fish Commerce and Enterprise Improvement throughout the AFRM. The first goal of this initiative is to boost the effectivity and effectiveness of fisheries and aquaculture initiatives all through the continent. It seeks to foster regional integration, bolster the capabilities of African Union (AU) Member States and regional entities in offering knowledge-based advisory companies, and contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2063.
Key focus areas for the assembly had been:
o Reviewing workplans of the AFRM Fish Commerce and Enterprise Improvement Working Group.
o Establishing mechanisms to share information merchandise generated by the venture with regional establishments by way of the AFRM platform.
o Figuring out points for information product manufacturing and making ready place papers, advocacy notes, or coverage briefs.
The inaugural session was attended by the esteemed Honourable Fidelis Molao, Minister of Agriculture for the Republic of Botswana. Honourable Molao noticed that there’s a vital and regarding improve within the disparity between the provision and demand of fish. The creator noticed the need of allocating extra assets in direction of the development of aquaculture and the efficient administration of seize fisheries in response to their declining state. Honourable Molao moreover noticed that whereas the aquaculture sector in Botswana is presently in its early phases of improvement, the Authorities of Botswana acknowledges the business’s potential and has carried out the accredited 2021-2026 Aquaculture Technique. Moreover, the federal government is within the technique of growing the Aquaculture Coverage in collaboration with the Meals and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), with the intention of finishing it by 2024.
Dr. Nick Nwankpa, the Appearing Director of AU-IBAR, highlighted in his opening assertion that the governance of Africa’s fisheries and aquaculture sector continues to be a matter of concern, notably concerning the utilisation of data for making well-informed choices. This concern, he famous could be partially attributed to an absence of capability and restricted entry to information merchandise, corresponding to coverage briefs, coverage notes, info papers, and advocacy papers. He famous that the information merchandise embody coverage messaging, classes realized, and finest practises associated to vital sectoral points. Therefore, Dr. Nwankpa emphasised the importance of involving African Union Centres of Excellence as energetic members in working teams, as this is able to tremendously contribute to the event and creation of data merchandise.
Along with the opening session, the two-day occasion contains technical periods on the setting the scene shows, the prioritisation of points and identification of two key objects for information merchandise, and synthesising of points for the 2 information merchandise.
The AFRM is an AU-led continental platform to advertise coordination and coherence within the governance of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Africa. Established in 2014 following a name by fisheries ministers on the Convention of African Ministers of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) in 2010, the AFRM serves as a continental platform for stakeholders to collaborate, trade info, advocate for coverage change, and monitor the efficiency of the mechanism.
The AFRM consists of 4 Working Teams, specifically Governance, Aquaculture, Commerce, and Small-scale fisheries. These teams are instrumental in selling sustainable fisheries and aquaculture improvement in Africa. Their tasks embody offering strategic steering to make sure coverage coherence, driving reforms, enhancing institutional preparations, bettering productiveness, and coordinating with stakeholders.
Moreover, the AFRM contributes to the African Union’s Specialised Technical Committee (STC) on Agriculture, Rural Improvement, Water, and Atmosphere. As a part of the FishGov2 Challenge, efforts are being made to streamline and activate the AFRM, together with facilitating conferences of working teams to assemble knowledgeable insights on rising fisheries and aquaculture points.
The Gaborone assembly introduced collectively representatives from AU member States, Regional Financial Communities (RECs), Regional Fisheries Our bodies (RFBs), and different stakeholders to strategize on insurance policies and initiatives aimed toward boosting fish commerce and enterprise improvement in Africa.
This vital occasion yielded substantial outcomes:
o Recognized mechanisms to successfully share information merchandise amongst regional establishments by way of the AFRM platform.
o Reviewed and aligned work-plans with venture actions for seamless implementation.
o Recognized key points and for the preparation of data merchandise; together with place papers, advocacy notes, and coverage briefs.
This second assembly of the Fish Commerce and Enterprise Improvement Working Group offered a significant alternative for stakeholders to collaborate and discover avenues for selling fish commerce and enterprise improvement in Africa. By producing concrete actions and techniques, this gathering will contribute to the AU’s imaginative and prescient of a thriving and sustainable fisheries sector throughout the continent. The African Union (AU) maintains a resolute dedication to advancing the progress of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture improvement throughout the African continent. The working teams play a significant function in furthering this goal by facilitating dialogues and devising insurance policies and techniques to bolster the growth of the fish commerce and promote the institution of enterprises centred round fish.
Closing the assembly, Mr. Gove famous the significance of displaying impression of generated information to fixing societal challenges surrounding fish commerce. Dr. Mohamed Seisay additionally thanked stakeholders for proudly owning the method of data era and contributing to resolution making and championing fish commerce improvement within the sector.
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