Improved Regional Frisheries Governance in West Africa
For Immediate Release
ACCRA (30th – 31st July 2018) – The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) will launch the Improving Fisheries Governance in West Africa – PESCAO project funded by the European Union today at the Coconut Grove Hotel with strong commitment and support from the Government of the Republic of Ghana, the host Country.
“To address the challenges of poor management of fish stocks, IUU fishing and lack of coordination and cooperation among regional institutions and national authorities, the FCWC Secretariat and Member Countries in cooperation with partners developed the ‘Fisheries Intelligence and MCS Support in West Africa’ project funded by NORAD. We are pleased that successes of our previously implemented projects in the region have drawn other initiatives to partner with us and we look forward to building upon the work that has already been done,” states Seraphin Dedi, the Secretary-General of the FCWC.
In general, the contribution of fisheries to the economic development of West Africa is sub-optimal and the current governance of fisheries threatens food security, means of subsistence and marine biodiversity. This new European Union funded regional fisheries program (PESCAO) aims at enhancing regional fisheries management in a number of ways, including by firstly, addressing regional fisheries policy at the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) level; secondly by building the capacities of competent national and regional Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) authorities to deter Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing; thirdly, by demonstrating the added value of coordinated approaches for shared fisheries management.
The meeting is expected to be chaired by the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hon. Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, with high-level participant guests such as the Acting Ambassador of the European Union Delegation in Ghana, Mr. Paolo Salvia; the Director of Agriculture and Rural Development at ECOWAS, Dr. Sy Troaré; representatives of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), and Directors of Fisheries, Heads of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) from each FCWC member States.
The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) as Intergovernmental body, was established in 2007 with its Secretariat based in Tema, Ghana as its host country, to facilitate cooperation in fisheries management between the member countries: Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria. The countries have several shared fish stocks and identified a need for cooperation and shared management of these resources.
For further information, please visit www.fcwc-fish.org.
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FCWC members work with national and regional agencies to stop illegal fishing
The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has launched a new report “The West Africa Task Force: Interagency Cooperation In The FCWC Region” today. This publication provides an overview of the importance of interagency cooperation between national fisheries authorities of the member states of the FCWC region and associated agencies to tackle illegal fishing.
The damage caused by illegal fishing at a national level is significant. It causes very real hardship to individuals who rely on fishing to support their families with food and income. It deprives governments of much needed revenue that could be used to spur national development of employment, infrastructure, education and health services.
Illegal fishing, far from being an isolated, opportunistic effort is often connected to a several related crimes that have been intentionally linked and systematically undertaken to maximize profit to vessel owners while causing damage to fish stocks and livelihoods. This complex nature of the illegal activity has meant that efforts in the past to tackle it on singular fronts have not yielded long-lasting impact.
With estimated annual losses to the FCWC members totaling 300 million US dollars, FCWC Secretary General, Seraphin Dedi Nadje commented, “ Crime in the fisheries sector compounds the damage done by illegal fishing: it fuels corruption, undermines governance and the rule of law, brings violence and human rights abuses into the industry and drives fish stocks to unsustainable levels. The need for action is great, and the need in a known hotspot for illegal fishing, like West Africa, is greater still.”
Cooperation between agencies has strengthened the ability of member states to remove illegal actors from the fisheries sector. The West Africa Task Force through its National Working Groups has built upon the regional cooperation of the FCWC and is supporting the development of interagency cooperation at national and regional levels.
“With the EU granted FCWC/PESCAO four (4) years project that will be launched on 30-31 July 2018, we are looking to build on the firm foundations that have been established. We look forward to seeing interagency cooperation strengthening and increasing compliance in the fisheries sector in the FCWC region” Seraphin Dedi stated.
The scope of illegal fishing and related activities, the international agreements and national measures available to stop illegal fishing, the processes involved and the country experiences so far are detailed in this new report.
Improved Regional Frisheries Governance in West Africa
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION SERVICES TO THE EUROPEAN UNION FUNDED PROJECT FCWC-PESCAO - Ref: CTR: FED/2018/ 395-928
The Fisheries Committee of the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is an intergovernmental organisation for regional fisheries cooperation established by the Convention signed on 07 November 2007 in Cotonou, Benin by the six (6) States Parties: Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Togo and Liberia.
The Committee is based in Tema, Ghana, a host country with which it has signed a Headquarters Agreement.
The main objective of the organisation is the promotion of cooperation between the Contracting Parties with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the preservation and optimal use of the living marine resources of the area covered by the Convention on Establishment and to promote the sustainable development of fisheries on the basis of these resources.
The Committee received a financial support from the European Union for the implementation of the Contracting Authority entitled: Improved Regional Fisheries Governance in Western Africa (PESCAO) - Ref: CTR: FED/2018/ 395-928.
The overall purpose of the PESCAO initiative, which is planned for a period of four years, is to improve the contribution of fisheries resources to food security and poverty reduction in West Africa.
The specific objective of PESCAO is to improve regional fisheries governance in Western Africa through better coordination of national fisheries policies. There are 3 expected results:
Result 1: A Western African fisheries and aquaculture policy is developed and the coordination of regional stakeholders is improved
Result 2: Prevention of and responses to IUU fishing are strengthened through improved Monitoring, Control and Surveillence (MCS) at national and regional levels
Result 3: Marine resources management at the regional level is improved, building resilience of marine and coastal ecosystems to perturbations
In the framework of PESCAO-Result 2, the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) and their member countries, in a coordinated manner, using its experience in the sub-Regional context, the Project planned activities needed to achieve the PESCAO goals, in the concerned region, made up of three (3) English speaking countries and three (3) French speaking countries.
In order to ensure smooth implementation of these activities in the bilingual context, this Request for Proposals is made to seek qualified firms/agencies interested in providing translation and simultaneous interpretation services from English to French and French to English on an “as and when” required basis.
Proposals will be evaluated for services to be provided during the implementation period from April 2018-April 2022; however, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to develop a different contractual term with the chosen Proposer, upon mutual agreement of the parties.
Scope of Work
The Proposer shall provide translation services on an as and when required basis for the translation from English to French and/or French to English for the Project working documents, as well as simultaneous interpretation during Workshops, Conferences and assimilated meetings in the framework of the implementation of the Project.
A call-up will be made by the Contracting Authority for translation services from English to French or French to English on a per-document basis.
If the Proposer cannot complete a call-up by the specified date or time requested by the Contracting Authority, the Contracting Authority reserves the right to contact a new supplier for the call-up.
Requirements for the tasks
The service provider must have the depth, breadth and quality of resources necessary to provide the following services under this Request For Proposal for translation and simultaneous interpretation services. In addition, the simultaneous also requests any value add commodity or service that could be provided under this contract.
Awarded Proposer must provide Translation & Interpretation Services which meet the following requirements:
Translators and interpreters who are trained according to professional & ethical standards, and are experienced working with public officials, private and public organizations, program staff and clients from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.
Proposed Key experts must have three (3) years’ experience, within the last five (5) years, providing a full range of services equivalent or similar to the services being requested by the Contracting Authority.
Written policies and procedures governing the delivery of services, including the compliance with internationals standards.
Services to be designed and performed with a conscious emphasis on cultural sensitivity and competency, diversity, and respect
Service availability on short notice
Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) that describes an acceptable method for monitoring, tracking and assessing the quality of services provided. The QAP must also describe how the Proposer will identify and resolve issues related to translator and interpreter quality and/or performance, as well as customer initiated concerns and/or complaints including, but not limited to the following:
No shows or tardiness
Excessive wait times for remote interpreter service
Requested interpreter qualifications not provided.
Ability to respond to and resolve customer concerns quickly
Knowledge of Fisheries lexicon could be an asset.
5. Submission of Information
Meeting the submission deadline of 11th July, 2018;
Submitting relevant documentation for administrative compliance (ANNEX I + ANNEX II + ANNEX III + Other relevant documentation)
Submitting a complete Technical and pricing proposal in Microsoft Word (ANNEX IV + ANNEX V);
Proposal Schedule (Key Dates)
Request for Proposal release Date
5nd July, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. GMT
Deadline for Questions
9th July, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. GMT
Translation Technical Evaluation Submitted to
10th July, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. GMT
Technical and Financial Submission Closing Date
11th July, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. GMT
Estimated Award Notification Date
13th July, 2018
Signature of the contract
16th July, 2018
Evaluation and Award
Evaluation Criteria and Process
6.1.1 Criteria and Scoring
There shall be no public opening of the proposals received in response to this Request for Proposal.
The criteria specified in this Request for Proposal, as possibly amended by Solicitation Amendments, are the sole criteria which will be used in the evaluation of proposals.
Proposals will be evaluated and scored in accordance with the following criteria.
Administrative Compliance of the Proposal
Capacity evaluation of the proposed human resources for the performance of the tasks (Translators and interpreters CV)
Translation technical evaluation – 300 words translation test
Price per page regular translation
Total Possible Points
An Evaluation Committee shall evaluate the proposals. Decisions as to the degree to which a proposal meets the requirements of this Request for Proposal are within the exclusive judgment of the Evaluation Committee.
The Evaluation Committee will evaluate price per page, regular translation. Proponents will be scored based on their price per page in relation to the lowest price per page received. The Proponent with the lowest price per page will score higher than a Proponent with a higher price per page.
The Procurement and Administration Manager will provide proponent with a translation of approximately 300 words by email on 11th July, 2018. All Proponents will receive the same translation. Proponents must send translation back to the Contracting Authority by 11th July, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. GMT.
The Evaluation Committee will review each translation independently and score for quality, consistency and accuracy.
Scores from each Committee member will be added together and divided by the total number of Committee members for an average score. The average score for translation will be added to the points received for prices, administrative compliance, Capacity evaluation score and the assets score for a total score, which shall determine the successful tender.
The Contracting Authority reserves the right to award contract(s) in a manner deemed to be in its best interest.
Term: The contract(s) potentially resulting from this Request For Proposal shall be in effect beginning 16th July, 2018 through 15th July, 2019 with the Project’s option to renew for additional 1 year term.
The Secretary-General of FCWC, Mr. Seraphin Dedi, is attending the Meeting on Sustainable Use of Aquatic Living Resources in Tokyo, from June 21 to 22, 2018, as an observer. The meeting brings together supporters of the Sustainable Use of Fisheries Resources mainly from ATLAFCO member countries, the Japan Fisheries Agency, and regional fisheries bodies.
To achieve sustainable use of aquatic living resources through proper conservation and management, the meeting considers close, in-person interaction an indispensable opportunity to share recent progress, to discuss potential strategies for coping with the issues of concern, and to establish possible common courses of action among supporters of Sustainable Use in preparation for upcoming important international meetings such as IWC67 and CITES CoP18.
Attending this preparatory meeting for both International Whaling Commission (IWC67) and CITES on behalf of the Committee for the first time, the Secretary-General expressed his gratitude to the Japan Fisheries Agency and his hope that this will strengthen the coordination of Sustainable Use of fisheries resources in the Gulf of Guinea region, as well as facilitate implementation of the Regional Fisheries Management Plan recently approved by the FCWC Member States.
“Sustainable Use of aquatic living resources is an essential principle for food security, job opportunity, income and livelihood of people whole over the world. It is also an indispensable part of tradition, culture, and identity in various communities around the world,” said Secretary-General Seraphin Dedi.
However, when it comes to some aquatic species such as whales, sharks, corals and other so-called charismatic species, anti-use camps have categorically denied this principle. Such opposition against sustainable use is driven by emotion rather than science according to Japan and its supporters.
The FCWC-West Africa Task Force advances in combatting illegal fishing
The sixth meeting of the West Africa Task Force (WATF) was hosted by the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) with the support of the government of the Republic of Togo in Lomé from 5-7th June 2018. The representative of the Minister of Fisheries, Director-General Tezike Madadozi in his opening remarks commended the FCWC for the establishment of the WATF, the regional information-sharing platform, the regional fisheries management plan and regional plan of action to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. “This meeting will surely help plan relevant actions and develop realistic recommendations for the efficient implementation of monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) and to strengthen ongoing initiatives in the FCWC region,” Mr Madadozi said.
The Director-General’s sentiments were echoed by the chairman of Trygg Matt Tracking, Jan Thomas Odegard. “It seems an opportune time to take stock and consider the positive changes that have taken place in the region over the past five years. As you, the member States, have strengthened your cooperation, information sharing, and MCS capacity, it is clear that compliance with fisheries laws by fishing operators has improved significantly,” he said in his opening remarks.
The achievements of the West Africa Task Force so far include reduced registration of ships using fraudulent documents, the identification of ships deemed at risk or IUU known, the introduction of IMO numbers on fishing vessels, and the development of the combined list of authorized vessels as well as strengthened communication, cooperation and inter-agency collaboration at the national and regional level.
Acknowledging the real progress that has been made, Secretary General of the FCWC Seraphin Dedi urged participants to go further. “Building on these initial achievements of the WATF, we must now be ambitious and go beyond these results. The strengthening of inter-agency cooperation will lead to more operational action. The pooling of resources of existing structures and initiatives will enable us to achieve more regionally, and this is well supported by the integrated maritime strategy of ECOWAS. This strategy gives pride of place to the fight against IUU fishing” he said.
The operational action of the WATF will be supported by the Regional Coordination Centre for Maritime Security in Western Africa (CRESMAO), represented at the meeting by their Director Boniface Konan. An agreement was made to formally engage CRESMAO and facilitate the uptake of fisheries-related issues in work routines and promote the sharing of information extracted from Maritime Domain Awareness platforms.
The Improving Fisheries Governance in West Africa – PESCAO project, funded by the European Union for a period of four years, was discussed and emphasis was placed on the synergy with already existing projects. “I want to underline the Secretary-General’s mention of complementarity. The way we will view the support is to build upon the work that has already been done,” Aboubacar Sidibe of ECOWAS stated in the discussion about the cooperation, collaboration and support that will be provided through the project. It was later agreed that country-level needs and areas for support would be communicated to the PESCAO Technical Assistant for inclusion under the MCS component of the project.
Other significant outcomes include deepened and more intricate information-sharing, the establishment of a regional VMS, and the development of an action plan for implementation of the Regional Transhipment Strategy.
The WATF initiative brings together the six member countries of the FCWC – Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo – to tackle illegal fishing and stop the trade in illegally caught fish. The Task Force is facilitated by the FCWC Secretariat and supported by a Technical Team that includes Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT) and Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) with funding from the Norwegian Cooperation Agency (NORAD).
The FCWC-West Africa Task Force meeting focuses on Improving Strategies to Combat Illegal Fishing
LOME (5th - 7th June 2018) – The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) is hosting a 3-day meeting to further advance the fight against illegal fishing in the West Africa region with strong commitment and support from Government of the Republic of Togo, the hosting Country.
The improvement of fisheries governance toward interagency cooperation, implementation of regional plans of action to combat IUU and sustainable management of the fisheries resources will be addressed. Participants in this meeting include Directors of Fisheries, Heads of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) from each FCWC member country, and representatives of organizations like the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) and the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) among others.
“This 6th West Africa Task Force meeting aims at reviewing the strategy to combat illegal fishing and fisheries crime at the region level, reviewing countries’ commitment at the national level toward the strengthening of interagency cooperation, sharing experiences and introducing to participants the new, EU funded PESCAO project in support of the region,” Secretary-General of the FCWC, Seraphin Dedi stated.
This meeting is also to identify activities and develop action plans for the implementation of regional instruments such as the Strategy to Combat Illegal Transshipment At Sea, the Regional Fisheries Management Plan, the Additional Protocol on Information Sharing and the Regional Plan of Action to Combat Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (RPOA-IUU) Fishing.
The success of the West Africa Task Force (WATF) has drawn other initiatives to implement projects in the region, including the Improving Fisheries Governance in West Africa – PESCAO project funded by the European Union for a period of four years. It is therefore planned for discussion to review the opportunities for collaboration and to further identify synergies between already implemented projects in the region like the ‘Fisheries Intelligence and Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Support in West Africa’ project supporting the West Africa Task Force.
The West Africa Task Force (WATF) initiative brings together the six member countries of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) – Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo – to tackle illegal fishing and stop the trade in illegally caught fish. The Task Force is facilitated by the FCWC Secretariat and supported by a Technical Team that includes Trygg Mat Tracking (TMT), Stop Illegal Fishing (SIF) with funding from the Norwegian Cooperation Agency (NORAD). Through active cooperation, information sharing and facilitating the operations of national interagency working groups, the West Africa Task Force is working together to stop illegal fishing.
For further information, please visit www.fcwc-fish.org; www.tm-tracking.org; www.stopillegalfishing.com.
Name: Kofi Taylor-Hayford
Phone: +233 553 141 061