|Opening ceremony chaired by Méité. PhD, Director of Cabinet MIRAH, in presence of Germain Dasylva, FAOCI Representative and Joseph Cantazano,
FAO Expert in Blue Growth
As part of the support to the Member Countries of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) in the process of taking fisheries into account in their national priority programs, particularly through the Blue Growth Mechanism of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development (CAADP) and the implementation of the Malabo Declaration, Mr Seraphin DEDI, General Secretary of the FCWC participated to the FAO-TCP / IVC / 3504 Workshop in Abidjan , Côte d’Ivoire from 24 to 25 January 2017.
The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Animal and Fisheries Resources (MIRAH) of Cote d’Ivoire within the framework of the operationalization of the Strategic Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to promote the Blue Growth concept.
The Government of Côte d’Ivoire has drawn up in 2014 a strategy document, “Strategic Plan for the Development of Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture in Côte d’Ivoire (PSDEPA-CI, 2014-2020) that they currently want to operationalized in order to promote Blue Growth, a concept to which the country adheres in accordance with the principles promoted by FAO to help for the sustainable and responsible management of fisheries resources and marine ecosystems.
Further, several missions, activities and work sessions were carried out under the supervision of FAO (FIAP / Rome) through national expertise, including thematic groups dedicated to fisheries and aquaculture. This enabled the consolidation of strategical proposals while contributing to the ownership process of concepts linked to Blue Growth Initiative.
The workshop provided an opportunity to present and consolidate achievements considering these extensions through technical assistance programs directed towards public and private partners.
Mr Dedi Seraphin said ‘This workshop therefore helped in the planning and discussion of certain proposals for regional support actions which could be carried out by the FCWC, the Economic Integration Organizations, or ‘African Union’
Public fisheries, aquaculture and environmental partners and representative of professional organizations in fisheries and aquaculture as well as all other stakeholders in the value chain in Cote d’Ivoire attended the workshop.