Namibia and Congo-Brazzaville sign fishing agreement

19 Jun 2015 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUN (NAMPA) – The governments of Namibia and Congo-Brazzaville on Thursday signed an agreement aimed at reducing illegal fishing activity.
Namibia’s Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau and Congo-Brazzaville’s Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Bernard Tchibambelela signed the agreement which focuses on the areas of monitoring, control and surveillance.
Esau said the two countries will exchange information on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) listed vessels to reduce illegal fishing activity in the waters of the two countries.
The two countries further agreed to continue with an exchange of knowledge and the training of Congolese officials.
“I am informed that the Congolese delegation expressed appreciation and satisfaction with the scholarships that were offered to two of their students to receive training at the Namibian Maritime Fisheries Institute (NAMFI),” he said.
Esau stated that scientists from the two countries will exchange experience through working visits and the participation of Congolese scientists in Namibia for exposure to stock assessment techniques.
He emphasised that aquaculture has the potential to alleviate poverty and enhance food security, as well as create employment.
“I am pleased to learn that our officials agreed to strengthen cooperation in this area through working visits and the exchange of knowledge on aquaculture techniques,” Esau said.
Referring to an agreement signed by Namibia and Congo-Brazzaville on fisheries and aquaculture in 2011, Esau said little progress has been made with the implementation of the agreement.
The Fisheries Minister further stated that officials from the two countries have exchanged information on fishing which will help facilitate trade of fish and fish products.
He also said he is disappointment that such trade between the two countries is currently limited.
Meanwhile Tchibambelela, who spoke through an interpreter, said he is happy with the hospitality they have experiences since arriving in Namibia and during their visit of several companies in Walvis Bay.
The minister is being accompanied by a five-member delegation. Bilateral discussions on aquaculture between Namibia and Congo-Brazzaville started here on Monday morning.
“We have visited fishing vessels, patrol vessels and fishing companies in Walvis Bay,” he said.
Tchibambelela called for the urgent implementation of the agreement by both parties.