The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in collaboration with the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania with support from the European Union organised Expert Consultation Meeting on a roadmap for Establishing Centres of Excellence in Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa in order to strengthen the capacity of the continent for improved management and development of its fisheries and aquaculture resources so as to ensure increased sustainable contribution of the sector to food security, poverty alleviation and economic growth. The meeting was held from 27th to 28th of June 2016 in Zanzibar Beach Resort in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania.
The specific objectives of the meeting were: i) to agree on the scope and priority areas to be covered by the Centres of Excellence, ii) to discuss the institutional framework and sustainability mechanism, and, iii) to propose a roadmap for the establishment of centre of excellence.
The meeting was attended by 39 participants that included representatives from AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities, Regional Fisheries Bodies, Research and academia institutions from and outside the continent, Developmental partners, CSOs and staffs from AUC (AUC-DREA and AU-IBAR).
The opening ceremony was marked by statements from Dr Motseki Hlatshwayo, on behalf of the SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Simplice Nouala, Chief Animal Production Officer on behalf of the Director AU-IBAR and the meeting was officially opened by The Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Livestock and Fisheries, Zanzibar, Dr Hamad Rashid Mohammed in the presence of The Principal Secretary, Dr Juma Ali.