Successful Outcomes from the 10th CTI-CFF Senior Officials Meeting (SOM10)Catch of the Week
The 10th Senior Officials Meeting, held in Dili, Timor-Leste early last month, produced strategic decisions aside from finally announcing the first Executive Director of the Regional Secretariat of the CTI-CFF.
Prof. Dr. Widi Agoes Pratikto of Indonesia was appointed Executive Director for the next four years. Prof. Sjarief Widjaja, Chairman of the Interim Regional Secretariat (IRS) of the CTI CFF welcomes the recommendation of SOM on the appointment of Prof. Pratikto. He said, “the appointment is a culmination of a rigorous selection process covering several months and with more than 20 highly qualified candidates applying for the position.” He added that by having a strong regional secretariat, CTI-CFF will be able to provide more benefits towards sustaining the marine resources of its member states.
In addition, the SOM10 noted progress on (i) ratification of the agreement on establishment of the permanent regional secretariat, and (ii) the achievements of member countries and the CTI-CFF working groups toward the objectives of their national plan of action (NPOAs) and the regional plan of action (RPOA).
The SOM10 also recognized the progress made by Brunei Darussalam in its bid to become a member of the CTI, particularly in complying with the requirements under CTI rules. Development partners were asked to provide technical support to help prepare the Brunei Darussalam NPOA as one of the country’s application requirements for CTI membership.
The SOM10 recognized the CTI-CFF achievements in the NPOAs. These include ADB’s investments in support of the sustainable fishing agenda and sustainable financing, building capacity and climate resilience of local communities while ensuring food security and creating employment opportunities, and development of a knowledge network and information exchange.
The Meeting was opened and closed by the Vice-Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, His Excellency Marcos da Cruz, and attended by the all the CT6 delegations, all Partners, Brunei Darussalam as observer and several potential partners and collaborators.
The current chair of the Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) represented by Ms. Kay Kalim from Papua New Guinea (PNG), Mr. Lourenço Borges Fontes from Timor-Leste, and Mr. Manuel D. Gerochi from the Philippines chaired the sessions. Mr. Toni Ruchimat from Indonesia and Dato’ Mohd Azhar bin Hj. Yahaya from Malaysia co-chaired some sessions. The Vice-Chair I of the CTI-CFF Interim Regional Secretariat (IRS), Mr. M. Eko Rudianto, led the facilitation and provided assistance throughout the Meeting.
Go to the CTI-CFF website for additional information on the SOM10 outcomes.
DOWNLOAD: Chairman’s Summary