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NEPAD agency’s support to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources

NEPAD agency’s support to Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources

NEPAD Agency’s support to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Sierra Leone, within the World Bank funded West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme (WARFP)

The Partnership for African Fisheries (PAF) is a regional Africa programme implemented since mid-2009 by the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA). PAF aims to support a politically-led process to strengthen Africa’s ability to define and take forward effective reforms in fisheries government and trade. The overall goal of PAF is to enable sustainable contributions from fisheries to growth and food security.  Its development objective is to strengthen countries’ ability to consider, determine and implement policies that will enable such contributions, while informing wider PAF objectives.

Within the PAF context, a West Africa Pilot Project (WAPP1) was defined and agreed in 2010, which would establish links with two West African states with important fisheries, namely Ghana and Sierra Leone. WAPP was developed in collaboration with the World Bank and is intended to complement and inform the design and roll-out of the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP), whose objective is to sustainably increase the overall wealth generated by the exploitation of the marine fisheries resources of West Africa, and the proportion of that wealth captured by West African countries.

NEPAD Agency’s support compliments the World Bank support to the WARFP and will assist the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources to effectively deliver on the WARFP.

The NEPAD Agency has allocated U$1, 4 million to carry out target activities within the three Thematic Areas which are (i) support to policy, legal and regulatory framework and needs (ii) development of an operational framework and (iii) Establishment of the National CAADP Sub-Committee of Fisheries. The particular focus on the activities under the NEPAD component will be on more effective management of both the industrial and artisanal fisheries to ensure that economic benefits accrue to Sierra Leone.

In addition, NEPAD Agency’s support will enable intra-regional sharing of experience through exchange visits between West African States. It also includes a capacity assessment component, of which a key element is the training of the Ministry’s staff in aspects of Fisheries Economics.

Both PAF and WAPP are funded by DFID’s Regional Africa Programmed.

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