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The Government of Ghana has signed a host country agreement with the secretariat of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) for the upcoming 7th Meeting of Ministers in Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
The 7th OACPS meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, 5 April to Friday, 8 April 2022, would host 79 member States, represented by their policy-makers, practitioners and professionals within the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
The member states will deliberate on how to protect marine life and utilise its resources for national development.
The theme for the meeting is “OACPS Blue Economy Agenda 2020: Catalysing the Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Development for the Future.”
Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Minister, Mavis Hawa Koomson speaking at a ceremony to officially sign the host country agreement in Accra on Friday, 12 November 2021, indicated government’s readiness to provide a conducive environment which will facilitate fruitful deliberations.
“It is important to state that the selection of Ghana to host the 7th meeting from amongst the 79 African member states of the OACPS is a significant mile stone, which we will take advantage of,” the Minister said.
She also expressed appreciation to the Chief of Staff, Madam Frema Osei Opare and other officials working at Ghana’s mission in Belgium and the European Union for their tireless efforts at making sure that the conference in Ghana becomes a success.
Present at the Meeting was Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey; Assistant Secretary-General of the OACPS, Cristelle Pratt; members of the national planning committee and other officials of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture.