The second Australian-Mauritian “African Blue Economy, Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Symposium”, which attracted 30 participants from 11 African countries, was officially launched today at the Palms Hotel, Quatre Bornes.
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, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda 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.
Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius, Ms Jenny Dee said: “We are very pleased to be hosting this symposium and short course in Mauritius for the second year running for professionals from across Africa. The sustainable use of marine resources is critical for inclusive economic growth and sustainable development in the Indian Ocean region, and hinges on strong regional cooperation. Australia is committed to working with partners bilaterally, regionally (through institutions like the Indian Ocean Rim Association) and internationally to progress this priority.”
The course is aimed at building participants skills in leadership, negotiation, project management and also public speaking.
Australia Awards are prestigious international masters scholarships 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 will open on 1 September 2019. Please visit www.australiaawardsafrica.org for more information.
16 May 2019