Monday, June 19, 2017

20/06/2017: An African chapter

by Clifford Spencer

June sees a very significant event in global aquaculture

Clifford Spencer

For the first time ever the World Aquaculture Society is holding its conference on the continent of Africa. Thus establishing an African chapter with the aim of all 55 African countries being represented in its visiting audience.

World Aquaculture 2017 will be held in Cape Town with involvement from countries throughout the African continent as well as that of many countries from around the world.

Aquaculture is rapidly growing in Africa and increasingly being integrated into the continent’s food systems and therefore this is an excellent time for the world aquaculture community to focus on Africa. The event will be attended by the current serving President of the African Union (AU), President Alpha Conde.

The President of Guinea and who was recently designated “Political Champion” for Africa’s Fisheries and Aquaculture in Africa’s Natural Resources Governance and Food Security programme will also attend.

The African Union is globally by far the largest of the existing continental unions in terms of both land mass and population and includes all African countries and is made up of both political and administrative bodies.

It’s landmass can contain the entirety of the USA, all of China, India, as well as Japan and pretty much all of Europe as well — all combined and its surface area is similar to the surface area of the moon!!!

The highest decision-making organ of the African Union is the Assembly, made up of all the Heads of State or government of member states of the AU. The AU also has a representative body, the Pan-African Parliament, which consists of 265 members elected by the national parliaments of the AU member states.

Other political institutions of the AU include the Executive Council, made up of foreign ministers, the Permanent Representatives Committee, made up of the ambassadors to the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia of AU member states and the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council, a civil society consultative body.

Read the full article, HERE.

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