AU-IBAR in collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD will be organising the second dialogue meeting with all the eight Regional Economic Communities (notably; Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA); Community of Sahel–Saharan States (CEN–SAD); East African Community (EAC); Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The meeting will be held in Abuja, Nigeria from 16-18th June, 2022 to apprise the RECs on the status and progress made so far as part of an established mechanism for regular dialogue on emerging issues of the FishGov2 as well as reiterate their role in supporting project implementation.
Specifically, the objectives of the dialogue meeting are:
i. To operationalize mechanisms for regular dialogue on issues of fisheries and aquaculture;
ii. To share and elaborate approved 2022 workplan of the project;
iii. To apprise the RECs on the progress of implementation of project, including lessons learnt and challenges encountered; Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD);
iv. RECs and partners to share information on ongoing activities and planned activities to identify areas of collaboration amongst RECs and with FishGov2; and,
v. To develop modalities for collaboration on implementing of related activities
In addition to the RECs, the meeting will be attended by the European Union, the Fisheries Governance 2 funding partner, regional projects and AU-IBAR and AUDA-NEPAD Fisheries Governance 2 Project staff.
One of the main activities in the Fisheries Governance 2 Project is to support dialogue and sensitisation at the REC level particularly on emerging issues of the project. This is also line with the objectives of the African Fisheries Reform Mechanism (AFRM), a continental partnership platform that is aimed at facilitating coordination and coherence in the governance of fisheries and aquaculture sector. The AFRM, specifically, supports information sharing on lessons learnt and best practices, enhances communication, fosters institutional collaboration, promotes partnerships, strengthens evidenced-based policy formulation and promotes integration or mainstreaming of the fisheries and aquaculture sector into AU policy processes, and, increases common African positions in regional and global fora.
Above picture: Meeting with RECs held on 28 November 2021 - 1 December 2021