The Fifteenth Meeting of the Information Staff Program (ISP) of SEAFDEC was organized in Manila, Philippines from 28 to 30 October 2014, and hosted by SEAFDEC/AQD. Attended by SEAFDEC Departments’ information officers and staff as well as senior officers from the Departments, the Meeting welcomed the participation of information staff from the newly established SEAFDEC Inland Fishery Resources Development and Management Department (SEAFDEC/IFRDMD).
The Meeting reviewed the implementation of the SEAFDEC Information Strategy which is generally aimed at enhancing the visibility of SEAFDEC and strengthening the communication link among the SEAFDEC Departments. This year’s ISP Meeting included special agenda, such as the Development of SEAFDEC Programs Database System and Knowledge Management, with the former presented by the SEAFDEC Policy and Program Coordinator, and the latter by the Resource Person from the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
During the Meeting, the SEAFDEC Secretary-General commended the Departments for their continued efforts in promoting and disseminating the information materials produced by SEAFDEC as such efforts have made SEAFDEC becoming more visible not only in the Southeast Asian region but throughout the world. From the discussions, lessons and experiences were learned by the new SEAFDEC/IFRDMD that would facilitate the formulation of its information plans and programs. Moreover, recommendations were raised to improve the implementation and monitoring of the progress of the SEAFDEC Information Strategy in the future.
At the closing of the 15th Meeting of the ISP, SEAFDEC/MFRDMD extended its appreciation to SEAFDEC/AQD for the excellent hosting of this year’s Meeting in the Philippines, and offered to host the 16th Meeting of the ISP in 2015 in Malaysia.