Friday, September 13, 2013

Namibia-Congo (Brazzaville) Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation: 3-5 September 2013

Windhoek Country Club Resort
A short report on the just concluded 3rd Session of the Namibia-Congo (Brazzaville) Joint Permanent Commission of Cooperation that was held from the 3rd to 5th September 2013, at Country Club and Resort, in Windhoek.
 
The Committee on Economic, Infrastructure and Tourism deliberating issues


The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources was represented by the following officials:

·        Mr. Renier Burger, Deputy Director: Aquaculture and  Inland Fisheries
·        Mr. Cornelius Bundje, Director: NAMFI
·        Mr. Tobias Nambala, Deputy Director: NAMFI
·        Mr. Victor Pea, Chief Policy Analyst

Commission’s deliberation on fishery issues:

Issues pertaining to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources were as follows:

·        Training of Congolese trainees at NAMFI
·        Implementation of the Memorandum of  Understanding in the field of fisheries and aquaculture, and
·        Draft Agreement in the field of Maritime Training

The first two points were allocated to the Committee on Economic, Infrastructure and Tourism, while the last point was allocated under the Committee on Legal and Diplomatic Matters.

The delegation gave a progress report on the training of Congolese students at NAMFI, and deferred the other two points to the envisaged bilateral meeting between the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Congo and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources to be held later this year (October 2013). 

It was agreed that the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources should invite the Autonomous Port of Point-Noire to the bilateral meeting planned for 16 to 18 October 2013 for the finalisation and signing of the Agreement.  

Way forward:

·        The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources finalised the Agreement, and make a decision as to who will sign the Agreement on behalf of NAMFI.

·        The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources extend an official invitation via diplomatic channels to the Port of Point-Noire so that one person may join the delegation from the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture.




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