ALSF co-organizes regional workshop on Negotiating Fishing Agreements and Concession
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported (IUU) fishing represents US$ 1.2 billion loss in revenue for West African countries alone. Some of this loss is due to inadequate governance in the sector. There is a growing awareness among African countries and regional bodies dedicated to maritime economy, of the need to strengthen capacity in this sector and empower government ministries for negotiations.
To respond to this need, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) in partnership with the African Natural Resources Centre of the African Development Bank held a regional seminar on negotiating fishing agreements and concessions for francophone countries. The first of the two workshops took place at the Bank’s Headquarters in Abidjan, 14-19 May 2018.
Kwame Mfodwo, the Fisheries Legal Expert, coordinated the seminar attended by technical personnel from the relevant ministries in coastal francophone countries, and featured negotiation simulations as well as experiences sharing in the fisheries sector.
In an effort to foster the ALSF’s mission to build sustainable legal capacity in Africa, and in synergy with African Development Bank’s High 5 priorities of Feeding Africa and Improving the Quality of Life in Africa, this workshop empowered regional member countries whose economies are affected by IUU, with tools to negotiate access agreements and concessions in the best interest of their respective countries.
The African Legal Support Facility is an international organization hosted by the African Development Bank Group. The Facility is dedicated to providing legal advice and technical assistance to African countries in their negotiation of complex commercial transactions, creditor litigation and other related sovereign transactions. The ALSF also develops and proposes innovative tools for capacity building and knowledge management.
Contact: Timothy Wasswa Kabugo, African Legal Support Facility, firstname.lastname@example.org
About the African Development Bank Group
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is Africa’s premier development finance institution. It comprises three distinct entities: the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Nigeria Trust Fund (NTF). On the ground in 44 African countries with an external office in Japan, the AfDB contributes to the economic development and the social progress of its 54 regional member states.