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The third webinar

featuring Georgia and Serbia is taking place in:

Fishery and aquaculture industry stakeholder briefings

Jointly organized by FAO and Eurofish the fishery and aquaculture industry stakeholder briefings are a series of webinars designed for Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine. The series comprises three events, one each for Albania and Armenia; Montenegro and Ukraine; Georgia and Serbia.

Effective participatory fisheries/aquaculture management, among other things, requires working in partnership with the private sector and other stakeholders, while strengthening inter-industry co-operation and stakeholder involvement in strategic decision-making. Improving the business environment is important for sustainable aquaculture and fisheries development. Diverse stakeholder groups from the above-mentioned countries have, on many occasions, underlined the need to strengthen both national and intra-regional collaboration and partnerships in fisheries and aquaculture, and enhance the involvement and visibility of private sector stakeholders (traders, investors, suppliers, etc.).

The webinar series aims to create a briefing, discussion, and networking forum for representatives of key stakeholders from the six countries while providing an update on the state of fisheries and aquaculture in each country. The webinars will facilitate an exchange of experiences, success stories, ideas, and challenges specific to the industries, including those from the COVID-19 pandemic, and will outline trade and investment opportunities between and within countries.

Highlights

An update on the
fisheries and aquaculture sector

Q & A sessions

Panel discussion
with the speakers

Interpretation

Simultaneous interpretation
between English and Russian

Moderator


Haydar Fersoy

Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer, FAO REU
Turkey

PROGRAMME

Each of the three webinars will be held from 10.00-12.00 CET on September 22 (Albania and Armenia), September 29 (Ukraine), and October 6 (Georgia and Serbia) and will have the same programme. Each webinar will end with a panel discussion.

Opening statement by:

- Nabil Gangi, Deputy Regional Representative, FAO
- Behnan Thomas, Head of Information Unit, EUROFISH
- Andro Aslanishvili, Head of National Environmental Agency, Georgia
- Milanka Davidovic, Head of department for international cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Serbia

A. State of the industry

Irine Lomashvili, Chief Specialist of Biodiversity and Forestry Department, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.

- Aquatic resources and their use
- Capture fisheries and aquaculture production by main species groups
- Fishing fleet
- Farmed fish and shellfish production systems
- Number of businesses and employment in the sector
- Governance frameworks - roles and responsibilities
- Strategic priorities, goals, and targets

B. Industry performance

Nino Chobaniani, Chairperson, Georgian Fish Farmers Association

- Industry organizations (producers, and farmers associations, trade unions, cooperatives, etc.)
- Market structure and product characteristics
- Consumer preferences, seafood consumption rates, barriers to increasing consumption
- Labour constraints and their mitigation
- Import/export status and potential
- Competitive advantages of the industry
- Success stories
- Impact of COVID-19 pandemic

A. State of the industry

Mirko Novakovic, Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

- Aquatic resources and their use
- Capture fisheries and aquaculture production by main species groups
- Fishing fleet
- Farmed fish and shellfish production systems
- Number of businesses and employment in the sector
- Governance frameworks - roles and responsibilities
- Strategic priorities, goals, and targets

B. Industry performance

Mirko Novakovic, Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management

- Industry organizations (producers, and farmers associations, trade unions, cooperatives, etc.)
- Market structure and product characteristics
- Consumer preferences, seafood consumption rates, barriers to increasing consumption
- Labour constraints and their mitigation
- Import/export status and potential
- Competitive advantages of the industry
- Success stories
- Impact of COVID-19 pandemic

Panel discussion

- How to improve industry sustainability and productivity
- How to collaborate more with industry partners?
- Government-backed support and finance for domestic and international investment and enterprise development (conditions, methods, and timeframes)
- Status of women and youth in the industry
- Research and development; and extension services
- Education and training programmes

Closing remarks

- Haydar Fersoy, Senior Fishery and Aquaculture Officer, FAO

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FAO
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