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East African States Target Fisheries Crime in the Framework of the Container Control Programme 

Diani, 12-14 June 2019, Fisheries crime is a broad concept which includes a range of illegal activities in the fisheries sector and the fisheries value chain such as money laundering, corruption, illegal fishing, tax evasion and document fraud. To address these types of crime, the UNODC Regional Office for East Africa and the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme organised a regional meeting for Kenya and Tanzania 12-14 June. The meeting was a follow-up to national training workshops which were held in both countries in December last year.

Opening the meeting, the donor representative, coming from the Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi, emphasised the importance of addressing this topic and highlighted the significant role marine resources can play in a country's economy.During the three-day meeting, the participants discussed a wide range of issues, such as the national contexts, challenges and opportunities as they pertain to fisheries crime and regional cooperation, all with an aim to enhance inter-agency and regional cooperation.

Ms. Jemimah Aluda, Senior Prosecution Counsel at the Kenya Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) specialised on fish crime, presented international legal frameworks and tools to foster regional and international crime.Fostering south-south cooperation, Mr. Richard Yeboah of the Ghana Fisheries Commission participated as an expert trainer, sharing the experience of Ghana and West African countries in addressing. Towards the end of the meeting, participants agreed on a number of action points to further strengthen their response to fisheries crime over the coming period. The CCP fisheries crime component, part of the UNODC FishNET programme, is generously funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

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