Like in many years before, the Regional Fisheries Policy Network (RFPN) Program has been continued by SEAFDEC in 2017 by accepting the nominations of representatives from seven ASEAN Member States, namely: Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam, to serve as members of the RFPN. For 2017, five members of the RFPN have started to serve their one-year terms of appointment starting from January to December 2017. In addition, another two members from Lao PDR, Mr. Kongkham Vonglorkham and Malaysia, Mr. Ahmad Faizal Bin Mohamed Omar would be joining the 2017 batch starting May until December 2017.
While aiming to gain better understanding of major global and regional fisheries issues confronting the region as well as part of their capacity development program, the RFPN members will continue to provide views and inputs on various fisheries priority issues and provide technical assistance in the implementation of regional programs of SEAFDEC. Moreover, during their tenure, the RFPN members will also support the efforts of SEAFDEC in developing strategies to promote fisheries policy dialogues as well as regional and sub-regional cooperation among the Member Countries and in following-up the commitment for the implementation of policies for the ASEAN. The 2017 batch of RFPN Members had been given the task to prepare the fisheries profile of their respective countries, to be compiled into a publication on the fisheries profile of Southeast Asia.