New chap­ter to pro­mote growth

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THE World Aqua­cul­ture So­ci­ety launched its Africa Chap­ter dur­ing World Aqua­cul­ture 2017 in Cape Town last month.

Guinea am­bas­sador Ma­mady Ca­mara ad­dressed the launch, af­ter the first full day of the con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion, on be­half of Guinean pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Al­pha Condé, who is chair­man of the African Union and the NEPAD (New Part­ner­ship for Africa’s De­vel­op­ment) agency’s cham­pion for fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture. ‘The African aqua­cul­ture com­mu­nity will make sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment and com­mit­ment to their newly formed chap­ter and will do all in its power to sus­tain the mo­men­tum of the WAS African Chap­ter,’ said Ca­mara.

Ear­lier, at the open­ing cer­e­mony of World Aqua­cul­ture 2017, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD, told del­e­gates that there was now a strong po­lit­i­cal will by many African states to work with agen­cies and the African Union to strengthen fish­eries and aqua­cul­ture man­age­ment.

‘There is great po­ten­tial in the in­land fish­ery and aqua­cul­ture sec­tor to in­crease fish pro­duc­tion and util­i­sa­tion, thereby cre­at­ing em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth through aqua­cul­ture ac­tiv­i­ties.’

In recog­ni­tion of the early developmental stage of African aqua­cul­ture, spe­cial ses­sions on de­vel­op­ing value chains, fi­nanc­ing African aqua­cul­ture, and pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion were pre­sented by the African Union, NEPAD, the World Bank and WorldFish.

The trade show hosted more than 90 ex­hibitors, while the con­fer­ence fea­tured over 70 par­al­lel ses­sions cov­er­ing an ar­ray of aqua­cul­ture re­lated top­ics and speak­ers.

The event was co-or­gan­ised by WAS with the Aquacul- ture As­so­ci­a­tion of Southern Africa and the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries (DAFF).

It at­tracted spon­sor­ship and sup­port from African de­vel­op­ment in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing DAFF, NEPAD, the African Union and the WorldFish Cen­tre.

‘Africa is here and she is ready,’ said Siphokazi Ndun­dane from DAFF.

Above: Dr Ibrahim Mayaki

Above: Al­pha Condé

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