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Tanzania: Why Tanzania hosts key African fisheries summit

Key The reforms undertaken by the country in the fisheries sector have attracted stakeholders to choose Tanzania to host the African Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF) Summit for the first time.

According to the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, President Samia Suluhu Hassan is expected to grace the summit.

The summit, scheduled for June 5-7 this year in Dar es Salaam, will bring together fishermen from within and outside the country to discuss successes, challenges and the way forward for the industry.

In addition to shedding light on the opportunities available in the blue economy, the summit will also amplify the African voice for sustainable fisheries and shape policies for fisheries management.

Addressing journalists about Thursday’s summit in Dar es Salaam, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Abdallah Ulega revealed the reasons that led the country to host this historic summit, including President Samia’s efforts to strengthen economic diplomacy.

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“The main reason why Tanzania had this opportunity is the stable leadership of President Samia, who facilitated the ministry to excel in the implementation of the small-scale fisheries guidelines and to be the first country in the world to prepare a strategic plan to implement the guidelines. A feat that made the country shine internationally,” said the minister.

Ulega noted that the summit will bring together fishermen from within and outside the country to discuss successes, challenges and the way forward in the industry.

He also highlighted that in addition to shedding light on the opportunities available in the blue economy, the summit will include the 10th anniversary of the implementation of the small-scale fisheries guidelines and the policy framework for aquaculture management in Africa.

Minister Ulega shared that in March last year he was invited by the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as an official guest to deliver a speech at the International Fisheries Conference in Italy. During his stay in Italy, the minister shared the country’s experience in preparing and implementing a strategic plan for the EPP guidelines and announced Tanzania’s intention to host the summit in 2024.

“President Dr Samia has been working tirelessly to ensure that the country develops its economy through water resources, the ‘blue economy’… therefore, this summit will be crucial for delegates to exchange ideas, discover opportunities and explore various technologies to ensure that “The country takes significant steps towards executing the concepts of ‘Building a Better Tomorrow’ for our youth (BBT) and the blue economy,” he stated.