FAQ

- What is the SFP Programme?

- What is the PMU?

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Who are the members of the PMU?

- What are the main elements of the SFP programme?

- Who can benefit from the SFP Programme?

- How can a country participate in the SFP Programme?

- What is the relationship between the SFP Programme and the ACP Secretariat?

- Where can one find more information about the SFP?

What is the SFP Programme?

The SFP is a five-year programme financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) to the benefit of the ACP Group of States as represented by its Secretary-General (Regional Authorising Officer / RAO), under the supervision of the EuropeAid Co-operation Office (AIDCO). The programme began in November 2002 and became fully operational in May 2003. It was extended for two years and will come to an end on 31 November 2010.

Geographically it covers all countries of the ACP Group of States as well as Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Its mandate is to improve the health conditions of fish as food for human consumption and raise income levels of benefiting countries through measures designed to ensure the sanitary quality of fish for export to international markets.

What is the PMU?

The PMU is the Project Managing Unit of the SFP program whose role is to assist the ACP Secretariat (RAO) in the implementation of the programme.

In close cooperation wit the RAO and AIDCO, as well as other relevant EU Commission services, the PMU manages the programme and supervises the administrative and technical aspects of its implementation.

Who are the members of the PMU?

The PMU (see previous question) consists of four members: a Project Leader, two Technical Experts and an Administrative and Financial Officer, along with a part-time officer for information and communication.

The PMU is located in Brussels at Rue de Cuypers 3, Etterbeek, B-1040, Brussels, Belgium.

What are the main elements of the SFP programme?

The principles of the SFP programme are laid down in the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the programme. According to the ToR the SFP is responsible for organising the following:

- Assistance and support to National Competent Authorities, including legal assistance;

- Assistance and support to laboratories to enhance their surveillance role;

- Assistance to the processing industry in setting up Quality Assurance processes to reinforce internal sanitary controls;

- Assistance and support to artisanal fisheries with particular emphasis on improving the capacity of small-scale fishermen as providers of raw material.

Those main elements of technical assistance will be based on assessments where applicable. One-off interventions may be carried out upon request.

Who can benefit from the SFP Programme?

All members of the ACP Group of States are eligible for assistance from the SFP programme as well as the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) of the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

How can a country participate in the SFP Programme?

The SFP programme is an "All ACP programme". All ACP member states may participate (see previous question) without making a special request.

However, for the practical implementation of the programme by the PMU a brief note explaining the actual situation of the fishery sector of the requesting country would be helpful.

While the programme is now in its last year, a list of priorities drawn up by the PMU, in collaboration with its partners in the ACP secretariat and AIDCO, is regularly updated to take into account the needs of the ACP fisheries sector.

Private companies, enterprises or individual persons wishing to participate in the SFP Programme must contact the National Competent Authority in their country. The Competent Authorities are the programmes representatives on the ground. 

What is the relationship between the SFP Programme and the ACP Secretariat?

The principles of the EDF-financed SFP programme are found in the Lome / Cotonou Convention. It is an "All ACP programme" designed to benefit all members of the ACP Group of States. The PMU serves as a support structure to the ACP secretariat/Regional Authorising Officer by organising and monitoring the implementation of projects covered by the SFP mandate.

Where can one find more information about the SFP?

If you do not find the information that you are looking for on our website we suggest you contact us directly via the contact form.

A list of persons and organizations to contact is also available.
Furthermore, we encourage you to subscribe to our Mailing list to be kept informed about the SFP programme.