The Gambian Government in partnership with FAO will host the Seventeenth Session of the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture for Africa (CIFAA) to be held in Banjul, The Gambia, from 09 to 11 May 2017 at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. The three-day regional session aimed at the development and management of inland fisheries and aquaculture in Africa.

Senior Government Officials and representatives from member countries and development partners, including the African Development Bank, the FAO Country Office and FAO Regional Office for Africa are expected to participate in the session.

CIFAA was established by the FAO Council in 1971 under Article VI-2 of the FAO Constitution. It represents a continent-wide Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Body working to foster and promote international cooperation in the development, management, utilization, and conservation of inland fisheries resources and sustainable development of aquaculture in African Member Countries.

During the session, the committee will review its activities since the previous meeting and the efforts made by FAO in serving the member countries. The meeting will also reflect the necessary actions to address the many issues that limit the committee`s effectiveness, impede its delivery, and “threaten” its very existence. It will discuss ways and means for the development of aquaculture in Sub-Sahara Africa. The committee will also be updated on the status of inland fisheries based on the latest information from the member states.

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