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Report of the International Co-operative Fisheries Organisation (ICFO) to the General Assembly  (1998)

July, 1998
(Source: ICA Review, Vol.91 No.2 - Annual Report 1997-1998, pp. 52-54)


Executive Committee

Chairman:   Shoji Uemura (Japan)

Vice-Chairmen:  Jong Sik Park (Republic of Korea); Antal Csoma (Hungary);
                 Tewary Madan Mohan (India); Maurice Benoish (France)

Secretary:   Masaaki Sato (Japan)

Honorary Chairmen:  Jirozaemon Saito (Japan); Pierre Lacoure (France)

Auditors:   Wibisono Wiyono (Indonesia); M.C. Merril Perera (Sri Lanka)

Members:   Tuan Hj Shajabudin Shafie (Malaysia); Sawat Saengbangla (Thailand); Benedikt Sveinsson (Iceland)

The International Co-operative Fisheries Organization has 27 members from the following 23 countries: Japan, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Vietnam, Fiji, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, France, Iceland, Hungary, Italy, Greece, Canada, Colombia, Chile.

Activities during 1997
The Executive Committee met in September in Geneva in conjunction with the ICA General Assembly. The plenary meeting of ICFO was held in Geneva in September also in conjunction with the ICA General Assembly.

ICFO held a Workshop in the Philippines and a Seminar in Thailand as follows:

ICA/CUP/BFAR Workshop on Community-Based Fisheries Management through
Co-operatives, 29-31 October 1997 at Novotel Puerto Azul, Ternate, Cavite, Philippines.  The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Co-operative Union of the Philippines (CUP) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the government of the Philippines (BFAR). It was attended by 62 persons: 40 participants, eight resource speakers, six guests and eight members of the workshop management co-ordination team.

The workshop adopted several resolutions which included the following:

FAO/ICA/CLT/DOF/CPD/CAD National Seminar on the Role of Fishery Co-operatives in Promoting Sustainable Fishery Development in Thailand,  5-7 November, 1997 at the CLT Training Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

The seminar was organized in collaboration with FAO’s regional office in Bangkok, The Co-operative League of Thailand (CLT), and Department of Fisheries (DOF),  The Co-operative Promotion Department (CPD) etc. of the government of Thailand etc.  It was attended by 103 participants, from CLT, DOF, CPD, the Co-operative  Audit Department (CAD), the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre (SEAFDEC), the Fish Marketing Organization (FMO), the Bank of Agriculture and  Agricultural Co-operatives (BAAC), from universities and from the media.

The seminar concluded as follows:

Further, the seminar recommended several points for further consideration by the agencies concerned, such as, for example, that the DOF should review the existing fishery laws and regulations to effect the establishment of the coastal fishing rights to be managed by coastal communities and/or fishery co-operatives.

Other activities during 1997 included publishing of Activity News No. 1 and membership increase campaign.

Meetings and Projects Underway: The executive committee and plenary meetings are being arranged with National Federation of Fisheries Co-operatives (NFFC) of the Republic of Korea. These meetings will be held on Monday 26 October1998, at NFFC in Seoul. It will be combined with the meeting of the ICA Committee for Fisheries for Asia and the Pacific which is also scheduled to be held in Seoul in October in conjunction with the ICA Regional Assembly for Asia and the Pacific. In addition, on 27 October, a joint Asia and the Pacific Regional Workshop of Agriculture, Consumers and Fisheries Committees on business development will be held in Seoul. The so called “ODA Seminar” on fisheries co-operatives for HRD development under the Japanese government assisted programme will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the details of which will be worked out by the end of June, 1998. Other activities such as issuing of ICFO’s bulletin will be undertaken as in previous years.

Future Goals
ICFO plans to increase its membership to at least 40, from the present 27, within the coming 5 years. It also wants to further expand its activities in collaboration with UN agencies such as FAO etc.