Bilateral forum on fisheries in Nam and Angola in WHK
WINDHOEK, 05 JUN (NAMPA) – A bilateral consultative forum between Namibia and Angola on protocol one of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on fisheries started in Windhoek on Monday.
Protocol one, which focuses on economic cooperation, is one of four protocols developed after the signing of the MoU in June 2014. The other protocols focus on monitoring; control and surveillance; aquaculture and resources.
In a speech delivered on his behalf, Namibia’s Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau said the meeting is aimed at taking stock of the progress made since the signing of the MoU.
The key aspects listed for discussion include four areas of cooperation, namely fishing opportunities, human resources development, socio-economic research and information exchange, and the progress made on these matters.
“Sustainable fisheries is an important tool for the economic development of our two countries,” Esau said.
The minister urged participants to learn from each other how to maximise economic benefits from fisheries and how best the two countries can share resources to minimise costs associated with management of fisheries, including monitoring, control and surveillance.
“I ask the delegates to think how Namibia and Angola can implement a protocol on economic cooperation on fisheries which is dynamic, feasible and futuristic; a protocol that can take advantage of our joint synergies to meet the 21st century challenges of fisheries development,” Esau said.
The gathering ends on Thursday.