Sub-regional Dialogue with Private Sector in preparation for Fish for the People Conference

Group Photo. (Mission Image)
Meeting participants from the Jakarta dialogue.

The Facility, in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, and the South East Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), organized and conducted two sub-regional public private sector dialogues, in Bali, Indonesia on November 9, and Bangkok, Thailand on November 11, as part of the preparatory works for the June 2011, ASEAN-SEAFDEC conference on sustainable fisheries towards food security titled “Fish for the People 2020: Adapting to a Changing Environment”. Over 65 representatives, evenly divided between the public and private sector, participated in an event that was both applauded and recognized by the ASEAN Secretariat and Member States alike, as a productive ‘first’ in high level public-private interactions. Policy and action areas were prioritized by the group, to help ensure that together, notwithstanding various serious challenges, such as the impacts of climate change and IUU fishing (illegal, unreported, and undocumented fishing which often is a cover for human and drugs trafficking), the fishing sector will continue to contribute to food security in ASEAN. As a result of the dialogues, the ASEAN Secretariat, and the Member States, have declared their intention to institute a mechanism that will enable regular private sector feedback and interaction with the public sector.

Small group discussion. (Mission Image
Small group discussion during the Bangkok workshop.