2021 SEAFDEC Department Chiefs’ Meeting organized

The SEAFDEC Departments Chiefs’ Meeting convened on 2 December 2021 through the virtual platform was attended by the SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, SEAFDEC Department Chiefs and senior officials from the SEAFDEC Secretariat, TD, MFRD, AQD, MFRDMD, and IFRDMD. The Meeting was informed on the recommendations provided to SEAFDEC during the 53rd Meeting of SEAFDEC Council, 44th Meeting of SEAFDEC Program Committee, and 24th Meeting of ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership of the Fisheries Consultative Group, and discussed the progress of the actions made by the Departments. For the information-related matters, the Meeting took note of the results of the 22nd Meeting of SEAFDEC Information Staff Program, especially on the issues that need to be considered by the concerned Departments such as hosting the repositories of SEAFDEC Secretariat, TD and MFRDMD at AQD and theme of SEAFDEC Calendar 2023. In addition, the Meeting also took note of the progress of preparation of the Southeast Asian State of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SEASOFIA) 2022 and the Study on Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Fisheries Sector of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Member Countries. Regarding the implementation of the Resolution and Plan of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security for the ASEAN Region Towards 2030 (RES&POA-2030), the Meeting was informed on the planned activities on monitoring and evaluation with the involvement of the SEAFDEC Departments and Member Countries.  Furthermore, the Meeting discussed the preparation of the 54th Meeting of SEAFDEC Council in 2022 and plan of SEAFDEC to celebrate the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA 2022).