MBOUR, 19 May 2016. After the commitment of H.E. Macky Sall on February 3rd 2016 to engage Senegal in becoming one of the first countries to implement the FiTI, initial steps to start the process of forming a FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group have begun in Senegal.
In the Senegalese fisherman village of Mbour, the « Association pour le Promotion et la Responsabilisation des Acteurs de la Pêche Artisanale de Mbour » (APRAPAM) brought together representatives from the Senegalese government, the fishing industry in Senegal and the civil society at the occasion of the 6th Forum of the actors of artisanal fisheries.
Focused on the topic of transparency and participation in fisheries management, the meeting was used to discuss ways to initiate the process of establishing a National Multi-Stakeholder Group in Senegal.
Building on the opinions and reflections collected through an online consultation started by the APRAPAM during the weeks preceding the forum, the objective was also to identify which information from the fisheries sector should be made public to support more transparency in fisheries in Senegal.
The FiTI International Secretariat participated in this event, presenting the initiative’s objectives, current status and upcoming milestones to the participants. “The level of enthusiasms towards the FiTI is truly encouraging. The outcomes of this important meeting will be very beneficial for the current process of developing a relevant and practical FiTI Standard”, emphasized Mr. Sven Biermann, Director of the FiTI.