Angola and Namibia boost relationship in fishing sector

25 July 2013

Angola and Namibia plan to boost their relationship to meet some challenges and common needs in the fishing sector, salt production and seal management, Angola’s Fishing Minister, Vitória de Barros Neto said Wednesday in Luanda.

Ahead of a meeting with her Namibian counterpart, Bernhard Esau, the minister said that the meeting would evaluate two-way relations, notably in the areas of fishing research, inspection and staff training.

According to Vitória de Barros Neto, Angola and Namibia are neighbouring countries that share the Benguela current ecosystem, which is one of the richest in the world, as well as being part of the same region of Africa and working together both bilaterally and multilaterally.

As well as joint projects, both on a bilateral level and on the level of multilateral institutions of which the two countries are a part, the Angolan Fishing ministry said that the two countries were studying mechanisms that make it easier to sell the salt produced in both countries.

She noted that, in terms of the seals, Namibia and South Africa had a lot of experience in the area, and the plan was to make use of the Namibian minister’s visit to Angola to identify common solutions for appropriate management of the seal populations in the two countries. (macauhub)