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Speaking at the 96th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers being held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Ambassador Vocea reported on the outcome of the 3rd meeting of ACP Ministers of Fisheries held in Fiji from 16-19 June this year.
Ambassador Vocea conveyed to Council the apology from the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, who was unable to attend, as he was engaged in an equally important meeting.
Ambassador Vocea said that Fiji was honoured to host the 3rd Meeting of ACP Ministers responsible for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Nadi which followed from the two earlier occasions in which ACP Ministers had met under the auspices of the ACP Ministerial Fisheries Mechanism; firstly in Brussels in 2009 and secondly in the Seychelles in 2012.
Ambassador Vocea noted that Fisheries was a key sector for all if not, for most ACP countries. ACP export of fisheries products to the EU were worth almost 1.5 billion euros in 2012. For some small island states, fish was the only natural resource of significant value and essential for food security. The importance of the sector was demonstrated by the high level of participation in the meeting, and the quality of the debate and outcomes during the meeting.
Ambassador Vocea informed Council that Ministers adopted a 5 year Strategic Plan of Action for Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012 – 2016: Partnerships for Fisheries Development which is currently being implemented. The Plan, inter alia, sets out a range of actions that can be taken by member states to address the priority areas, and calls on the ACP member states to forge partnership with development partners to support the plan and its implementation.
The 96th Session of ACP Council of Ministers ends later today. This will be followed by a joint meeting with the ministers of ACP Foreign Affairs ahead of the 7th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government.
MalaboEquatorial GuineaWest Africa, 11 December 2012
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