The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the International Labour Organization (ILO) to formalize closer collaboration to address decent work deficits in the fishing sector of the region.
Under the MOU, the parties will raise regional awareness of the ILO conventions (C29, C188) and protocols (P29) that address forced labour and work in fishing; conduct research on forced labour and labour abuses; undertake consultations to assess the capacity of national authorities to safeguard fishers’ rights; and share information to better understand the nexus of IUU fishing, forced labour and labour abuses in the region.
FCWC Secretary-General Seraphin Dedi, commented on the signature of the MOU, stating “this is a clear indication of the seriousness we attach to the issue of decent work in fisheries. We welcome the support, collaboration and expertise of the ILO and look forward to building upon the prior efforts and research to secure decent work for our fishers.”
You can read the MOU here.