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Ghana to host 7th Biennial Meeting of OACPS Ministers responsible for fisheries and aquaculture in 2021

Brussels, 25th June 2020, The Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) has endorsed Ghana as the host of the 7th Biennial meeting of the OACPS Ministers responsible for Fisheries and Aquaculture, which will be held in 2021. Ghana’s candidacy finally endorsed on 23rd June 2020, was considered during the 6th Ministerial meeting, held in Apia, Samoa from 9th to 13th September 2019. The Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Honourable Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye led Ghana’s delegation to the meeting. In accordance with the procedures of the OACPS, Ghana’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the Head of Mission to the European Union Institutions in Brussels, H.E. Mrs Sena Siaw-Boateng, has assumed the Chairmanship of the OACPS Ambassadorial Working Group (AWG) on Fisheries in preparation for the 7th Ministerial meeting of the OACPS. The role will see Ghana leading the efforts of the OACPS to harness fisheries as a major economic potential for sustainable development in OACPS countries.

Ghana championing the Fisheries & Aquaculture Agenda will also highlight issues pertaining to the EU Green Deal, Climate Change and Blue Economy.

The main goal of the OACPS is to drive North-South, as well as South-South cooperation for the sustainable development of OACPS countries and their successful integration into the world economy, leading to a more equitable world order. It may be noted that the combined population of OACPS countries is approximately 1.1 billion. Furthermore, the combined annual GDP of OACPS countries is estimated to be more than 2,001,398 million US$.

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