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SEAFDEC convenes the Forty-fifth SEAFDEC Program Committee Meeting and the Twenty-fifth FCG/ASSP Meeting

The Forty-fifth Meeting of the SEAFDEC Program Committee (45PCM) was held on 5–7 December 2022 in Iloilo City, Philippines to review the project implemented by SEAFDEC in 2022 and endorse the projects and activities for 2023. Hosted by the SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department (AQD) in cooperation with the SEAFDEC Secretariat, the 45PCM reviewed the progress and achievements of the 19 ongoing projects under the FCG/ASSP Mechanism, including the two projects that would be completed in December 2022. The 45PCM also reviewed the five new projects under the FCG/ASSP Mechanism in 2023, eight Departmental Programs, six Other Programs, and one Pipeline Project. In addition, the 45PCM also noted the progress of monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Resolution and Plan of Action on Sustainable Fisheries for Food Security for the ASEAN Region Towards 2030. The results of the 45PCM were submitted for endorsement to the  Twenty-fifth Meeting of the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (25FCG/ASSP) convened on 8–9 December 2022 back-to-back with the 45PCM.

The 25FCG/ASSP discussed the follow-up actions carried out by SEAFDEC and ASEAN Member States (AMSs) with respect to the directives given at the 54th Meeting of the SEAFDEC Council, meetings of ASEAN bodies related to fisheries, and other meetings of SEAFDEC held in 2022. The 25FCG/ASSP took note of the programs and activities implemented in 2022 and the proposed activities for 2023 under the FCG/ASSP mechanism, as endorsed by the 45PCM as well as the five new projects and one Pipeline Project. Moreover, the 25FCG/ASSP noted the progress of the proposals under FCG/ASSP framework, and important issues that impact the sustainability of the fisheries sector of the respective AMSs. The results and recommendations of the 25FCG/ASSP would be submitted to the SEAFDEC Council for approval and to the higher authorities of the ASEAN for endorsement through the ASEAN Sectoral Working Group on Fisheries (ASWGFi).