In Yaoundé, the capital city of Cameroon, experts in fisheries and aquaculture from across Africa among whom were Directors of fisheries and aquaculture, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Water Basin Commissions, Non State Actors, Private sector, Women, members of African Fisheries Reform Mechanism (AFRM) Working Groups gathered to develop a model for enhancing Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa.
The Expert Consultative Meeting (Workshop) to Develop Innovative PPP Models to Promote Improved Management and Sustainability in Fisheries and Aquaculture took place from 10th to 12th of December, 2015 at the Hotel Franco in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The workshop was organized by the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with the NEPAD Agency and with support from the European Union.
The event provided a platform for reputable experts for formulation of model for enhancing PPP in fisheries and aquaculture in Africa; identify the role of the private sector, their challenges and opportunities in the implementation of PPP processes in the Fisheries and Aquaculture; and identify policy interventions areas including capacity development, infrastructural strengthening and incentives for investment in the sector.
The Policy Framework and Reform Strategy for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa (PFRS) endorsed by Summit of African Heads of States and Governments as blue prints for African fisheries and aquaculture development noted the potential roles of PPPs in capture fisheries and aquaculture.
In line with the above Dr. Simplice Nouala who represented the Director AU-IBAR/ Chief of Mission, Prof. Ahmed A. Elsawalhy said at the opening ceremony of the event that “AU-IBAR is promoting creation of an enabling environment to strengthen institutional capacity and regulatory framework for fisheries and aquaculture development driven by vibrant and functional PPP arrangements in this sector. The rationale for these considerations are focused and aimed at strengthening capacity for sustainable aquaculture development and improving management of the small-scale fisheries for increased sustainable contributions to livelihoods, food and nutrition security, social-welfare and wealth creation.”