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FAO and Mauritania ready to deepen development cooperation

Graziano da Silva and Minister Sid’Ahmed Raïss focus on fisheries sector

23 October 2015, Rome – FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met the Minister for Economic Affairs and Development of Mauritania, Sid’Ahmed Raïss, for talks that centred on the Fisheries Transparency Initiative.

In their discussions, Minister Raïss referred to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, which he noted is championed by Mauritania and supported by many other countries and entities including Costa Rica, Indonesia, the Seychelles the World Bank, the European Union and the World Bank.

He said the objective of the Initiative was to define common norms that would ensure transparency in the fisheries sector and that it would be topping the agenda of the First Congress on Fisheries Transparency which will be held in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott in the first quarter of 2016. The specific dates are yet to be determined. 

Graziano da Silva said FAO welcomed the Initiative and thanked the minister for inviting him to the conference.  

Graziano da Silva said he hoped Mauritania would soon join many other countries in signing the FAO Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing. The FAO Director-General noted that during his recent visit to Chile to attend the Our Ocean Conference 2015, the international community had expressed its strong support for the agreement.

FAO’s Director-General concluded by expressing his satisfaction with the excellent state of cooperation with the Mauritanian government and noted that he looked forward to strengthening this partnership.