Highlights of WAS Cape Town Meeting
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The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) held its first international conference and exposition in Africa at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from 26 to 30 June 2017. The meeting was considered a huge success with 1,981 delegates from 87countries, with over one thousand from 33 African countries. The trade show attracted 87 exhibitors. The theme of the conference was “sustainable aquaculture – new frontiers for economic growth: spotlight on Africa”. This highlighted the potential of aquaculture to support economic development and the investment opportunities in African aquaculture. Overall, the presentations and trade show activity confirmed that aquaculture in Africa is in a high growth phase, strongly supported by investors, Government and international development and finance institutions.
Key note presentations by Dr. Rohanna Subasinghe (former FAO Chief of Aquaculture) and Dr. Sloans Chimatiro (Acting Country Director, World Fish Zambia) outlined the massive opportunity presented by the sector in Africa. Regional status reports highlighted rapidly growing African aquaculture production in catfish in Nigeria and tilapia in Egypt, Uganda, Ghana and Zambia. Special sessions on developing the African aquaculture value chains, financing African aquaculture and the African aquaculture policy day were organised by the AU, NEPAD, World Bank and WorldFish. The highlight of the conference was the agreement by attendees to launch an African Chapter of the WAS with significant support pledged by NEPAD to host the chapter office and seed finance from South Africa’s DAFF.
Excerpted from: http://aquaculturedirectory.co.uk/africa-joins-the-international-aquaculture-community/