The head of a six-man delegation from the China National Agriculture Development Group Corporation Wu Xiangfeng has proposed the establishment of a Joint Fisheries co-operation between the Chinese National Fisheries Corporation and Sierra Leone Government.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources at his Youyi Building Office, Mr. Xiangfeng who is also Board Chairman of the China National Fisheries Corporation appreciated the friendly ties existing between the two countries and hoped it will continue.
He spoke of the China/ African Forum which objective he said is to improve the continent’s economy and pledged their desire to promote the country’s artisanal fisheries sector. Mr. Xiangfeng cited an agreement signed twenty years ago between Okeky Fishing Agency and his organization, adding that this time around CNFC’S operations should be within the framework of the proposed bilateral Fisheries Agreement between Sierra Leone and China.
He also called for the establishment of a technical working committee comprising professionals for the negotiation and formulation of the agreement. The CNFC’S Board chairman also urged the two parties to develop a draft Fisheries Agreement that will be discussed by both parties during the second meeting in the last week of May 2010 in Las Palmas, Spain, followed by the signing agreement to be held in Beijing, China in June/July 2010 after the draft has been approved by both Governments.
He appealed to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources for support to enable his organization effectively undertake its operations and promised to study the feasibility of implementing the 1994 Act in the technical negotiation with the Fisheries Ministry.
Receiving the delegation, Joseph Koroma expressed Government’s commitment to promoting the private sector and the Bilateral Fisheries Agreement between the two countries in accordance with the 1994 Fisheries Management and Development Act and Fisheries Products regulations 2007.
He called on the Chinese to assist in promoting the development of Fisheries infrastructure in Sierra Leone especially the provision of a Fisheries harbour.