Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Honourable Emma Kowa-Jalloh, has said in Freetown that responsible fishing will boost the economy and facilitate trade; and facilitation internally and externally would scale up revenue mobilisation up to $735 Million.
She was speaking on Thursday June 27, 2019 in the capital at the launch and orientation program on the Port State Measures and Voluntary Guidances for securing sustainable small scale fisheries and maritime security in the gulf of Guinea.
In the context of food security and poverty eradication, she said, this voluntary agreement was the first international instrument dedicated to the promotion of the small-scale fisheries sector; adding that it is done to enhance a long term socio economic development of many vulnerable small scale fishers, whilst ensuring their human rights.
The minister further informed the gathering that much is needed to transform those sectors which is why the ministry is on the verge of constructing a dedicated fishing port that would ease port inspections, dry docking and fish processing.
On his part, the Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E Tsutomu Himeno, called for proper monitoring and implementation of the guidelines to prevent exploitation of natural fishery resources of the country. He expressed hope that these collaborative efforts would result in mutually beneficial ventures for the two nations.
The Food and Agricultural Organization representative to Sierra Leone, Madam Nyabenyi Tito Tipo, stated that the prospect in the fisheries sector remained high but the challenges to realizing them remained significantly higher.
However, the efforts of the government have portrayed a state of commitment equivalent to the task.