A working group to review the statutes and procedures of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA) has been constituted so as to strengthen the work of the continental body.

This was agreed at an extraordinary session of the CIFAA held on 1 and 2 December 2014 in Lusaka, Zambia. Furthermore, the Regional Office for Africa (RAF) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the FAO Legal Counsel will provide technical assistance to the Working Group.

The Working Group, which will hold its first meeting in March 2015, shall also look at funding issues, funding mechanisms and working budgets, how to schedule sessions and also put under scrutiny issues of training and capacity development to be conducted through or facilitated by CIFAA. The Working Group shall then report its recommendations to a special session of CIFAA. Alhaji Jallow, CIFAA secretary, who was appointed facilitator and convener of the meetings, will work towards aligning the statutes and rules of procedures of CIFAA with relevant intergovernmental and economic fora in Africa.

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