The Forty-fourth Meeting of the SEAFDEC Program Committee (44PCM) was held on 15–17 November 2021 through a virtual platform. The 44PCM was attended by the SEAFDEC Program Committee Members for Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam together with their respective delegations, and the representatives from USAID/RDMA and WorldFish. The SEAFDEC Secretary-General, Deputy Secretary-General, and Department Chiefs together with officers from the SEAFDEC Secretariat and Departments also attended the Meeting.
During the Meeting, the participants took note of the progress and achievements of sixteen (16) ongoing projects and four (4) new projects under the Fisheries Consultative Group of the ASEAN-SEAFDEC Strategic Partnership (FCG/ASSP) Mechanism. Subsequently, the 44PCM also noted the progress and achievements of the ten (10) Departmental Programs, and six (6) Other Programs. Finally, the 44PCM was informed that the recommendations and comments raised on the activities of the projects conducted in 2021 and those proposed for 2022 would be incorporated in the projects for improvement prior to their submission to the SEAFDEC Council and higher authorities of the ASEAN for approval.