The 34th Session of the Governing Council of INFOFISH has successfully concluded today. After a long break, the Maldives chaired and hosted the INFOFISH Governing Council from the 16th – 19th of December 2019. The meeting established an action plan for various projects in 2020, with the assistance from INFOFISH. Maldives has now identified key areas that require further development, and INFOFISH training will be focused on capacity development in these areas.
For further assistance in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the INFOFISH member countries, discussions were held regarding the drafting of a MoU between the South East Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and INFOFISH. In addition, SEAFDEC relayed information regarding the activities held to develop the fisheries sector. In the past years, SEAFDEC programs were open for the ASEAN countries alone, and the opportunity for INFOFISH member countries to join in some of their programs in 2020 was very well received In addition to the 17 participants from 7 member countries in the 34th Governing Council proceedings, FAO representatives and two international observers were also in attendance. The Minister for Fisheries of the Republic of Fiji, His Excellency Semi Koroilavesau, and the Ambassador of Pakistan to the Maldives, Vice Admiral (Rtd) Wasim Akrim has also participated in the deliberations. It has been decided in the 34th Session, that the 35th Session of the Governing Council will be chaired by Pakistan and hosted in Karachi. The date for the Governing Council meeting will be decided on depending on the convenience of the dates for the majority of the member countries.
Upon the successful conclusion of the 34th INFOFISH Governing Council Meeting, Chairman Adam Manik conveyed his gratitude for the assistance provided by various agencies and individuals. The member countries of INFOFISH also conveyed their gratitude to the Maldives for hosting this year’s Governing Council proceedings.