of fisheries under the Ministry of fisheries and water resources last week
validated the Legal Framework Assessment and Gap Analyses of the fisheries
sector, at a forum that brought together stakeholders of various institutions
held at Senegambia.
Ministry of fisheries and Water Resources Permanent Secretary Dr. Bamba Banja said
Gambia is among the countries that benefit from the second phases of the World Bank funded West Africa Regional Fisheries Programme (WARFP). He said other beneficiary countries are Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.
He said the WARFP Programme supports the government to improve the management of selected fisheries through strengthening regional cooperation and improving national systems for sustainable fisheries management.
He added that the programme will also support the improvement of fish and fishery products handling and strengthening national post-harvest value systems for seafood and increase benefits for communities.
According to him, Gambia has broadly taken into account international agreements and protocols in the development of its legal and regulatory frameworks and incorporated related provisions and measures. “But, there is need to further identify gaps relevant to the harm of legal and regulatory frameworks and implementing measures consistent with international and regional instruments and harmonization approaches,” he said.
Mr. Banja added that the objectives of the WARFP programme are in perfect harmony with the policy objectives of the fisheries sector and by extension the National Development Plan 2018-2021.
He said there are two outcome areas of the fisheries sector in the NDP, which are to enhance institutional efficiency and effectiveness of the fisheries sector and value chain improvement for fisheries and aquaculture transformation.
According to him, the report will serve as a gap analysis and mapping exercise
For Gambia’s existing fisheries legal framework. “Therefore, your participation and contribution will help bridge the gaps of the sector legislation and come up with recommendations for enhanced collaboration with stakeholders to shape the project by making it responsive to the needs of the beneficiary communities and institutions.”
He thanked World Bank for the support and cooperation in the management and development of the fisheries sector.
Anna Mbenga, WARFP coordinator said they are fisheries governance reform of the Su Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), the World Bank and the beneficiary countries to sustainably generate wealth from the fisheries sector of West African states. “The programme is designed to cover all seven member states of the SRFC.”
According to her, Gambia’s fisheries policy seeks to contribute to the realisation of national development goals and outlines key areas of intervention to safeguard the economic, social and environmental viability of the fisheries sector and increase the benefits for present and future generations.