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UNCTAD, Dec 6 (Canadian-Media): During the presentation of a draft strategy and an action plan, by the National Focal Points, UNCTAD and DOALOS at the Second National Stakeholders Workshop in December 2019, the related value chains of marine finfish species (not shellfish) and seafood manufacturing were highlighted, UNCTAD reports said.
The objective of the strategy was reaching internal, regional and international markets. The contents of the draft strategy and plan of action were developed based on inputs obtained during the First National Stakeholder Workshop in 2018.
The overall proposed goal of the “Evidence-based and policy coherent oceans economy and trade strategies” project (OETS) report and derived action plan in Belize was to promote the competitiveness and sustainability of the fishing sector, specifically in the sectors related to marine finfish species and seafood manufacturing, while improving the quality of life of people engaged in fishing, and ensuring the sustainability of resources in the long term.
The discussion, review and validation of the OETS report and plan of action was to support, with cooperation of UNCTAD and DOALOS and Commonwealth Secretariat, Belize in the implementation of 1-2 selected priority actions within their areas of competence. All the lessons learned in Belize and in the other beneficiary countries (Costa Rica and Barbados), will be presented in a regional event in 2020, probably during the UNCTAD 15 Conference, to be held in Barbados.