12 Mar 2014 -- The Consultation Workshop on Fishery Restructuring Action Plan was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development MARD in Hanoi on 12 March 2014, which was aimed to build a shared vision on facilitation of stakeholders participation in improving the country competitiveness and sustainable development in the fisheries sector. The workshop was chaired by Mr. JongHa Bae, FAO Representative in Vietnam and Vice Minister of MARD Mr. Vu Van Tam.
In December last year, the Fisheries Sector Restructuring Proposal was approved to promote the comparative advantages of Vietnam’s fish products in the international market, maintain the growth rate of capture fisheries, aquaculture and processing, and, improve productivity, quality and export earnings. In aquaculture, along with the intensive production for key commodities, it is the high time to diversify farmed species and farming systems to take advantage of market opportunities. In capture fisheries, there is a strong need to reduce fishing capacity and better manage coastal resources. It is also important to review the driving forces, strengths and weaknesses of the sector, as well as areas for the state management to facilitate the sector development.
“ Since March 2012, FAO, together with development partners, has been providing technical inputs and facilitating for the Government’s adoption of the Agricultural Restructuring proposal,” said Mr JongHa Bae in his opening speech on the workshop.
Today, FAO continues to support the development of the Restructuring Action Plans for the three sub-sectors of livestock, crop production and fisheries.