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FiTI headquarters agreement signed | 23 October 2020

FiTI headquarters agreement signed

Mr Biermann and PS Racombo exchange documents after the signing (Photo source: department of Foreign Affairs)

The headquarters agreement for Seychelles to host the international secretariat for the Fisheries Transparency Initiative was signed in a short ceremony at the department of foreign affairs yesterday.

The Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) is a global multi-stakeholder partnership where governments, business and civil society collaborate jointly. It seeks to increase transparency and participation for the benefit of a more sustainable management of marine fisheries and the well-being of citizens and businesses that depend on the marine environment. The platform is self-funded and does not depend on its host country.

The agreement was signed by the principal secretary for the blue economy, Kenneth Racombo and the executive director of the FiTI international secretariat, Sven Biermann.

“This is an achievement for Seychelles towards promoting transparency and good governance, it is also reflective of the Seychelles’ reputation that such a prestigious organisation has chosen to select Seychelles to establish its head office especially since observation of the international arena has indicated that countries are veering towards promoting sustainable development,’” PS Racombo stated.

FiTI international secretariat was formerly hosted by the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, a not-for-profit organisation in Berlin, Germany and the move to Seychellesmakes her one of the first countries in the global south to host such an international transparency initiative.

Mr Biermann expressed his gratitude saying“we are proud to call the Seychelles our new home for the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), and are grateful to the government of Seychelles for their commitment to the initiative, not only as an implementing country, but also as the host country for the FiTI. With today’s signing of this headquarters’ agreement, both parties document their long-term commitment for improving the public availability of fisheries management information, in Seychelles as well as globally.”

The Fisheries Transparency Initiative, being the only global agreement that defines what information on fisheries should be published online by governments, is an ideal tool for Seychelles to increase not only transparency in this sector, but also emphasise on comprehensive endeavours for open government. The implementation of the FiTI in the Seychelles is led by a national multi-stakeholder group with the department of the blue economy serving as the Seychelles FiTI National Lead.

On Tuesday March 10, 2020, after almost 18 months of stakeholder discussions, Seychelles submitted her official candidate application to the Fisheries Transparency Initiativewhich was subsequently accepted, making Seychelles the second country to do so after Mauritania.

Seychelles has also committed to publishing the first FiTI report at the end of 2020 reflecting the strides that Seychelles has made in these challenging times.

 

Press release from the department of foreign affairs

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