8th Ministerial Conf. - 2016 Annual Report of the FCWC
Over the year 2015, the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) has carried forward several initiatives for fisheries governance notably support for the initiatives and actions of sub-regional and pan-African Institutions in consistency with the fisheries policy and rational exploitation of fishery resources in Africa.
Strengthening the legal framework for the establishment of the FCWC through the followup to the signing of the headquarters agreement respectively by Ministers in charge of fisheries in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, as well as support for facilitating the ratification of relevant international instruments for fisheries management by the FCWC Member States have been regularly provided.
The regional platform for the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries (IUU) and the communication (basecamp) is established to further the capacity building of the FCWC Task Force on Illegal Fisheries. This activity is also part of the operationalization of the agreement on pooling and sharing of information in the fisheries sector, adopted in December 2014 by the Member States.
The mobilization of the Member States and partners have also been materialized through the holding of the meeting of fisheries Directors of the FCWC space and the signatures of agreements and partnerships with different institutions and organizations intervening in the fisheries sector in West Africa.
These activities have enhanced the FCWC visibility in the sub-region and have significantly contributed to strengthening cooperation and fisheries governance in the FCWC space.
Ultimately, these actions should lead to better strengthen cooperation among Member States and contribute to the conservation of natural resources (fish) in the sub-region and their rational use for effective contribution to the economy of our countries.
In financial terms, the 2015 budget amounts to 249, 920 USD. The mobilization rate of contributions under the 2015 budget is 30%. The expenses for the period amount to 68, 239.33 USD, or budget execution rate of 27.30%.
This financial result shows the difficulty in mobilizing contributions from Member States, thus affecting the implementation of pre-programmed activities.