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Thursday, December 1, 2011

World Bank commends S/Leone on fisheries

The World Bank has commended the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Sierra Leone on the successful completion of the first phase of the West African Regional Fisheries Programme, reports AllAfrica.

The commendation was made by experts from the apex bank on their visitation to Sierra Leone's Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to discuss the activities of the project, challenges therein and the way forward.

The programme implemented by NEPAD, the report added, was in order to support a politically-led process and strengthen Africa's ability to define and take forward effective reforms in fisheries governance.

The programme co-funded by the World Bank and New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) for the past one year, saw Sierra Leonean Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources

Dr. Soccoh Kabia, saying that illegal fishing and poor management of water were key challenges of the ministry as the country was losing millions of dollars to illegal fishing acts.

According to him, the project was designed to ensure proper governance and sustainable management of the country's marine resources in order for the communities to benefit from the scheme.

"This is a great investment by the World Bank," said John Virdin, one of the representatives from the World Bank at the event. Read more

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