The Department of Fisheries of Thailand hosted the Technical Consultation on Development of the ASEAN Common Fisheries Policy on 27-28 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Officiated by Dr. Theerapat Prayoonsit, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives of Thailand, the Consultation was attended by representatives from governmental agencies responsible for fisheries and the private sector of ASEAN Member States (AMSs) except Brunei Darussalam, as well as representative from ASEAN Secretariat, international/regional organizations including SEAFDEC represented by the Secretary-General, Dr. Kom Silapajarn accompanied by Dr. Magnus Torell, Dr. Somboon Siriraksophon, and SEAFDEC officers. The objective of the Consultation was to obtain views and experiences from relevant international/regional organizations and provide platform among the AMSs on proposed development of the ASEAN Common Fisheries Policy (ASEAN CFP).
During the Consultation, the possible elements to be included in the Concept Note for Proposed Development of ASEAN CFP was discussed and agreed upon. While agreeing that several existing policy frameworks and guidelines available in the region should be mobilized in the development and implementation of the ASEAN CFP, the Consultation supported that such possible elements would serve as common direction for the AMSs to work forward. The Consultation also supported that the result of this Consultation would be further submitted to the higher authority of ASEAN under the ASEAN mechanism.