Second consultative workshop to review and update the national fisheries sector strategy
Sana’a- Under the patronage of H.E. Mr. Mohammad Salem Basendwa, Prime Minster of Yemen, the Ministry of Fisheries has conducted the Second Consultative Workshop to Review and Update the National Fisheries Sector Strategy in Sheba Hotel, in the period form 29 – 30 April 2012.
The workshop aims to review the draft national fisheries strategy, which was developed by the Economic Diversification Support Programme – Fisheries Component. Specialists from related bodies, including the government, fisheries cooperatives and private sector, will introduce their comments to finalize the strategy to be submitted to the cabinet in the coming days.
In the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, said that the UN has prepared a joint framework to support Yemen during the transitional period. The framework will help Yemen in implementing the Gulf Countries Council (GCC) plan, and its executive mechanism. This includes supporting the coordination of the national dialogue, supporting the electoral process, economic stabilization, improving people’s livelihoods, basic services rehabilitation, in addition to support the areas of transitional justice, role of low and security sector.
Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed added: “Finalizing the national fisheries strategy is considered an important step to assist the government of Yemen in varying its economical resources. This is the third most-important economical sector. It supports 8.6% of Yemeni people. This ratio may increase if the productivity effectiveness is increased. It will provide more job opportunities to different segments of workers and beneficiaries. In addition, this may contribute to poverty reduction, increase women participation, and people food safety, because Yemen in particular has a costal line that exceeds 2400 KM, and enjoys rich costal environments and rich fisheries potentials.”
The Yemeni cabinet had approved before the terms of reference of the national fisheries sector strategy on 19/3/2010 (Resolution No. 71). Accordingly, the Ministry of Fisheries had assigned UNDP to lead this process.
The Economic Diversification Support Programme has been supporting one of the most important issues mentioned in Yemen Strategic Vision 2025, and the Fifth Socio-Economic Plan for Poverty Reduction (2006 -2010), which is economic diversification, through developing adequate job opportunities in the four promising sectors: Agriculture, Fisheries, Industry and Trade, and Tourism.
The programme strengthens the government efforts in creating an enabling investment environment to strengthen the private sector and generate incomes to people and to youth and women in particular. This programme also supports the four sectors policies and strategies planning and implementing.
The workshop was attended by H.E. Awad Al Socotri, Minister of Fisheries, H.E. Mohammad Al Saadi, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Ministers, Ministry of Fish Wealth Deputies and Officials, UNDP Officials and others.
Yazan Al-Saghiry, UNDP Communications Officer
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