Subsequent to the KL Initiative, in the Marine Affairs & Fisheries sub-sector, several meetings have been held by D-8 Organization as follows:
1)The D-8 Consultative Meeting Of Working Group On Marine Affairs And Fisheries (Manado, Indonesia, 13 May 2009).
Indonesia produced the draft of the Terms of Reference of the WGMAF to the D-8 countries and the D-8 Secretariat. Member countries will submit their comments to Indonesia after they have received the draft ToR.
2)1st Ministerial Meeting on Marine and Fisheries & Fertilizers and 1st Senior Officials Meeting of the D-8 Working Group on Marine and Fisheries & Fertilizers (6-8 April 2010, Cairo – Egypt)
On D-8 Working Group on Marine & Fisheries, the following topics were adopted:
1.Marine and fresh water aquaculture
2.Fish feed manufacturing
3.Coral conservation and management
4.Exchange of researchers, technical staff and cooperation among research institutes
1.Joint training courses in the field of marine, fresh and brackish water farming, hatchery technology and integrated aquaculture
2.Marine fisheries and inland waters management
3.Fish and fisheries processing quality control
4.Effectively make use of the available training programs organized by the D-8 Member Countries, such as the program of Malaysia and Egypt. The meeting agreed to provide the D-8 secretariat a list of the regular training courses in Member Countries and collect the training courses needed in as well. A list of training programs will be developed through the D-8 secretariat.
1.Enhance private sector role for joint investment and increase trade flows
2.Development of quality standard specifications
3.Identify tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in fisheries
4.Exchange investment rules and requirements in the field of fisheries, aquaculture and related activities
5.Develop a Mutual Recognition Arrangements on fish quality and safety assurance
- Establish database at the Food Security Information Center in Cairo, Egypt
•D-8 International events Participation
Member Countries are encouraged to coordinate their views during international meetings and gatherings. Any collective view on behalf of the D-8 Organization has to be confirmed by D-8 Secretariat. The Chair of the working group requested Member Countries to convey their views to the D8 Secretariat prior to announcing them in International conferences.
3)2nd Working Group Meeting on Marine and Fisheries (16 May 2011, Tehran, Iran).
The meeting took a decision that with regard to the draft TOR prepared by Indonesia, member countries should send their timely comments to the Secretariat. Thus far Bangladesh, Malaysia and Pakistan has submitted it.
4)5th Agriculture Ministerial Meeting on Food Security held on 01-03 December 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
5th Working Group Meeting on Marine and Fisheries: The followings are discussed:
-Turkey proposed to organize training program for trainers on Marine Aquaculture.
-Malaysia proposed “Technical Cooperation for the Development and Management of Genetically improved and diseased free Tilapia stock”.
-The meeting agreed upon creation of “Project Basket” with project proposals coming from the Member States. Member States or Financial Institutions might establish fund for the project.
-To improve the efficiency of working group on Marine and Fishers three proposals have been suggested by the group.
a)Private sector participation need to be increased
b)Common cooperation need to be improved
c)Enhancing D-8 Secretariat activity
Meetings so far held:
-2nd Working Group Meeting on Marine Affairs and Fisheries (16 May 2011 Tehran-Iran)
-3rd Working Group Meeting on Marine Affairs and Fisheries (3 October 2012, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara-Indonesia)
-5th Working Group Meeting on Marine and Fisheries (01-03 December 2014, Istanbul-Turkey)