Thursday, June 5, 2008

JPA Fact-finding Mission on the Tuna Industry in the ACP

All photos, courtesy of the Seycheels Fishing Auhtority.

Between April 25 and 27 2008, the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) fielded a high-level parliamentary delegation to Seychelles to undertake a fact-finding mission there with the participation of fisheries experts from Kenya and Mauritius.

Mrs. Glenys Kinnock, MEP (UK Labour/Socialsit Group) and Wilkie Rasmussen (Foreign Minster, Cook Islands), Co-Presidents of the JPA, leading the delegation, spoke to the local press in Seychelles about the outcome of their visit to Seychelles.

One of the main outcomes, they said, was that there was a need for a mechanism for coordination
on fisheries matters at the level of the ACP group as they had found that there was much room for improvement in the way the ACP countries were handling their relations with the EU on various questions from the Fisheries Partnership Agreements to Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards, Ilegal, Unregulated and Unreported Fishing and the Rules of Origin, amongst others.

The challenge, thus, is for the ACP to move towards institutionalizing a mechanism for fisheries at the forthcoming ACP Council due to take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, between 9th and 11th June 2008. The good news is that the matter already features as an item on the agenda for that meeting and a draft resolution has been prepared for consideration of Council.

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