The first Australian-Mauritian “African Blue Economy, Fish Trade and Leadership Symposium”, which attracted 28 participants from 12 African countries, was officially launched today by the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, the Hon. Premdut Koonjoo.
The symposium is part of an “Ocean Management –Sustainable Fisheries Governance” short course that the University of Wollongong and the University of Mauritius are delivering to Australia awardees (recipients of short-term scholarships) from Mauritius, Madagascar, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa to improve their knowledge of the issues affecting oceans and fisheries governance.
It will focus on the role and challenges of fish trade development in Africa, in particular trade and management issues underpinning potential Blue economic growth and resource sustainability in Africa and the Indian Ocean region.
Commenting at the opening of the symposium, Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Jenny Dee said: “We are very pleased to be hosting this important symposium and short course in Mauritius for professionals from across Africa, supporting Mauritius’ regional training hub. Australia is committed to sustainable development of the blue economy, including working with partners bilaterally, regionally - through institutions like the Indian Ocean Rim Association - and internationally. Australia and Mauritius are increasing collaborations in this emerging sector.”
Professor Alistair McIlgorm, Marine Economist and Capacity Development Coordinator of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) said: “We have been able to bring Dr Amadou Tall from Cote D’Ivoire, who has international fish trade experience in 35 African nations, to address the Symposium. The role of fish trade in the Blue economy is a new angle which opens up some new challenges for countries in Africa and the western Indian Ocean area. We will be identifying and making the Awardees aware of these challenges, as part of maintaining the sustainability of our ocean resources”.
The “Ocean Management –Sustainable Fisheries Governance” short course is a collaboration between the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) and the University of Mauritius, under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Australia Awards Africa program.
The course is aimed at building participants skills in leadership, negotiation, project management and public speaking and has strong focus on social inclusion, reflecting the diversity of the community, with female participants, participants with a disability, or participants who have experienced disadvantage and marginalisation encouraged to take part.
Australia Awards are prestigious international masters scholarships, fellowships and short courses offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia. Suitable candidates from the public, private and NGO sector can apply for an Australia Award. The next round of applications opened on 1 September 2018. Please visit www.australiaawardsafrica.org for more information.
3 September 2018