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CPLP will adopt resolution for platform to combat illegal fishing

Member States of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP) will adopt a resolution on the creation of a platform to promote sustainable fishing and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, it was announced this Thursday.


The measure was announced by the Secretary of State for Fisheries, Esperança Costa, during a meeting with the ambassadors of the CPLP States in preparation for the 5th Meeting of the CPLP Ministers for Sea Affairs.

This meeting is scheduled for between 24 and 26 May, in Luanda, and its agenda and the main issues to be discussed at the meeting were this Thursday under analysis at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"There will be a resolution on combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and the creation of a cooperation platform to promote sustainable fishing," said Esperança Costa, at the opening of the meeting with CPLP ambassadors accredited in Angola.

According to the official, the problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing imposes great economic losses in the organization's member states and "limits the sustainability of marine resources".

"We started this discussion in February, in Namibe, and now we are in a position to approve a resolution for the creation of this platform to promote sustainable fishing, which will also be analyzed at this meeting in Luanda", she noted.

According to the Secretary of State, the meeting in Luanda will also define mechanisms for consultation and joint action and "means of intervening for better patrolling and surveillance" of the seas will be analysed.

The meeting in Luanda will take place under the motto "Mobilize Partnerships and Investments for the Sustainable Development of the Seas of the CPLP Member States, Challenges and Opportunities".

For Esperança Costa, the joint mobilization of partnerships and investments at regional and international level "is fundamental, above all to have access to international funds" that help CPLP countries in a transition to a blue economy.

"All the CPLP countries are coastal or insular and we wanted that within the scope of the sustainable development of our seas we could count on the support of international funds", she stressed.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Domingos Vieira Lopes, highlighted the importance of the preparatory meeting for the meeting of the ministers of Sea Affairs of the community, as they occupy "a relevant role in the common agenda".

"We hope to see concrete proposals reflected in the final declaration and other texts, with feasible deadlines, and why not a program with defined actions and deadlines, in order to achieve the recommended objectives and extract mutual benefits", he pointed out.

Cabo Verde will end the presidency of the CPLP meeting of Ministers for Sea Affairs, at this meeting in Luanda, and hand over the portfolios to Angola, which holds the rotating presidency of the community bloc.

The blue economy, the promotion of sustainable fishing and the promotion and strengthening of sustainable ocean-based economies and the management, protection, conservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems will be some of the topics that will be analyzed at the meeting in Luanda.

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