Belgium – ACP Regional Fisheries Expert meeting on fisheries – picture of opening ceremony chaired by S. E FATUMANAVA III Dr Pa’olelei Luteru, Ambassador of independant States of SAMOA and Chair of the ACP Working Group on fisheries.
The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is participating in a consultative meeting organized by the Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium from 16-17th July 2019.
The purpose of the meeting is to bring together fisheries and aquaculture experts from ACP regional organizations to refine the ACP position on recent proposals by some World Trade Organization (WTO) Members that may restrict the policy space for ACP members.
Speaking on the purpose of the meeting, FCWC Secretary-General Seraphin Dedi said, “for developing countries, our fisheries sectors address our economic and food security. So it is important that we have all the flexibility necessary to develop our marine fisheries. I look forward to the discussion and to ensuring that the collective interests of all ACP States are considered.”
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) is an organisation created by the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. It is composed of 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific states, with all of them, save Cuba, signatories to the Cotonou Agreement, also known as the “ACP-EC Partnership Agreement” which binds them to the European Union. There are 48 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, 16 from the Caribbean and 15 from the Pacific.