Asia Regional Ministerial Meeting on Aquaculture Food Security, Nutrition and Economic Development
The local host for the meeting will be the Government of Sri Lanka, and convened by the latter in conjunction with FAO and NACA. It is expected that about ten to twelve Honourable Ministers will participate, together with representation from major banks, the European Union, donor agencies and representatives from on-going major regional project managers on fisheries and aquaculture. The meeting will be opened by The President of the Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency, The Honourable Mahinda Rajapakse.
In an era when aquaculture is becoming an increasingly important contributor to the human food basket and to food security, and a provider of many millions of livelihoods, particularly in rural areas in the developing world, it is most opportune to evolve regional policies that will facilitate the sustainable growth of this sector in the region. In view of the region's lead in aquaculture development, currently accounting in excess of 90 percent of global production, this meeting will also have a significant bearing on other region where aquaculture is seen as a major growth sector contributing to food security and national well being.
The meeting is expected to arrive at a declaration encompassing a commitment to regional cooperation in aquaculture development for food security, nutrition and economic development in Asia. The declaration is also expected to prioritise issues for immediate action that will facilitate the above.