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Graziano da Silva meets with the Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security of Gabon

Agriculture, fisheries and maritime surveillance, at the center of the discussion
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FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva meeting Luc Oyoubi, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security, Gabon

18 February 2014, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva met with Luc Oyoubi,  Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security of Gabon at FAO headquarters today. He congratulated the newly appointed minister and thanked him for participating in FAO’s Regional Conference for Africa.

During the meeting, the Director-General expressed his gratitude to the Government of Gabon for the interest shown in the development of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. The Director-General also thanked the Minister for the constant support provided by Gabon to FAO’s Sub-Regional Office in Libreville.  According to Oyoubi, its establishment is a sign of “FAO’s commitment to the country”. Minister Oyoubi thanked Graziano da Silva for FAO’s activities in Gabon and for the implementation of new, more diverse and more inclusive projects in the country. 

The Director-General and the Minister also discussed the strategic project “Emerging Gabon” (“Gabon emergent”), a development plan that aims to boost agriculture and industry in the country by improving  infrastructure, energy and communications, enhancing human capital through capacity building, and strengthening political, economic and financial governance with a crosscutting sustainable approach. The strategy was presented at FAO during the past regional Conference in June 2013.

Both leaders discussed the importance of the fisheries sector as expressed in the Blue Gabon.  Graziano da Silva informed the Minister that FAO has initiated a global programme entitled Blue Economy which aims to increase food security, improve nutrition, reduce poverty of coastal and riparian communities and support sustainable management of aquatic resources.

Graziano da Silva and the Minister agreed to work on the implementation of the Voluntary Guildelines.

Watch the video interview with Luc Oyoubi,  Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Security of Gabon.

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