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“Fisheries benefit not only current population but also future generations,” Angolan Minister notes

FAO Director-General and Angola’s Minister for Fisheries meet on the sidelines of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries

FAO’s Director-General with the Angolan Minister of Fisheries.

11 June 2014, Rome - FAO’s Director-General met today with the Angolan Minister of Fisheries at the sidelines of the 31st session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries.

Minister Victoria Barros Neto thanked FAO for its continuous support, in particular in statistics for fisheries, and for helping Angola to benefit from South-South cooperation with Tanzania.

The Director-General thanked the minister for attending COFI and informed her about a regional statistics project that was signed with the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), from which Angola would benefit. He stressed the importance of data and information for good policy decisions and programme development.

“Angola is a country with a great tradition of fish production and consumption,” the Minister said noting that the country produces over 300 000 tons of fish per year.  “Fisheries, both large and small-scale, employ many people. In some communities, fish accounts for 90 percent of available animal protein intake for our population”.

The discussions touched upon the  Voluntary guidelines for small-scale fisheries which were endorsed by COFI and which the Director-General invited countries to make use of in guiding their own policies and programmes.

Minister Neto stressed the importance of considering small-scale fisheries, in particular during this year’s observance of International Year of Family Farming.

Angola will be hosting a major event on family farming this year for African countries to discuss issues related to the year’s theme.

Watch the video interview with Angola's Minister of Fisheries.