1st Regional Meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly: Southern Africa - Final Communique 29/04/2008
Author: ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
The 15 members of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA) from the SADC member states and the EU met in Windhoek, Namibia on 28-29 April 2008. Discussions covered a range of issues, including fisheries. Members heard a report on a recent JPA fact-finding mission to the Seychelles to examine the tuna industry. The report looked at overfishing, the threat from climate change and the potential erosion of preferential tariffs, seen as a threat to the future of this industry. It was seen as vital that ACP countries receive additional funding to meet the cost of implementation of the new IUU fishing regulation. The possibility of establishing a regional fisheries agreement was also discussed and will be followed up at future meetings.