Project Stakeholders

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Member States of the African Union (AU-MS)

The ministries or departments responsible for fisheries in sub-Saharan Africa will be the major stake holders of the project.

Regional Economic Communities (RECs)

The RECs are institutions of the African Union and have experiences with AU-IBAR on livestock and fisheries issues. Their regional mandate would be utilized to enhance ownership of project activities and even it continuity beyond the project lifespan. Their role would be particularly useful in setting up regional policies and regulations that would trigger regional integration and free movement of goods and services through adopting concept such as One Stop Border Post (OSBP) of COMESA, etc.

Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs)

The RFBs have mandates for fisheries management within their geographical areas of competence. These bodies are constituted by member states with established protocols and working relationships. They provide the links with the fisheries management institutions of the AU member states and, by virtue of this, have extensive documentation and experiences on the fisheries of the member states. These institutions would therefore be very strategic to the project in promoting ownership of activities and outcomes. The RFBs currently collaborate with AU-IBAR on fisheries management issues and have participated in AU-IBAR organized events. Examples include Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), etc.

Standards Setting Organizations and Certification Body

The project works with Standards setting organizations like African Organization for Standardization (ARSO), the National Bureau of Standards and Ministries’ department in charge of quality assurance and control to promote the development and adoption of practices that insure fisheries product quality and safety. The expertise of certification bodies (African Eco-labeling Mechanism (AEM), Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), etc.) will be of paramount importance for the promotion of sustainable production and consumption systems.

Fish Processors and Traders’ Associations, including individuals

Fish Processors and Traders’ Associations, including individuals will mobilize their members from the different member states for effective participation in the activities of the project. The will be given opportunity to support the action by participating in the planning, fine-tuning of activities and development of specific annual plans of action and assume ownership of action as key stakeholders.They will be supported, through the project, to broaden the participation of their members and this will enhance the opportunity for articulation of the issues affecting them within regional decision-making forums.