Programme results

Senegalese fishermen. © United Nations/Evan Schneider

On 23 November 2009, the secretariat of the ACP Group of States convened the 14th meeting of the SFP programme Steering Committee, in cooperation with the EuropeAid Cooperation Office and the Mare, Trade, Sanco and Development DGs. Each module coordinator reviewed his field, providing details of missions in progress.

On 23 November 2009, the secretariat of the ACP Group of States convened the 14th meeting of the SFP programme Steering Committee, in cooperation with the EuropeAid Cooperation Office and the Mare, Trade, Sanco and Development DGs. Each module coordinator reviewed his field, providing details of missions in progress.  

Gary Preston, coordinator of module 1 devoted to “Strengthening national health control capacity”, reported that he had defined 70 missions and two training events in the previous year. In 2010 increased emphasis will be placed on training and equipment purchases. This module manager is ensuring that evaluation procedures for calls for tenders are finalised and confirmed that South African entities are eligible to bid for the module’s contracts, for both equipment and training services.  

Nicholas Willoughby, module 2 coordinator (“Support to laboratories and technical institutes”), first reported that the laboratory manual will be published at the beginning of 2010. On the other hand, the timetable for equipment purchases is tight while module 2 lacks specialised staff in this field and the laboratory equipment in question is complex.  

Module 3 coordinator, Bent Larsen (“Assistance to exporting countries”), stressed the difference compared with the other modules as it addresses the private sector. The module has trained up to 260 persons in a number of factories in which enormous differences in quality were noted. Future training will be longer and better targeted.  

Finally, Claus-Norbert Fink, coordinator of module 4 for “Support to small-scale fisheries”, believes that “improving the sanitary quality of fishery products is also important for local and regional markets as it contributes to food security”. The projects concentrated on increasing awareness of good hygiene practices and the compiling of guides on the design of landing sites, the organisation and management of groupings and the drawing up of business plans.   Claus-Norbert Fink indicated that the module will be purchasing a number of ice boxes, when required, and stressed the link between small-scale and industrial activities.