(VEN) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development collaborated with the Danish Embassy to organize a conference focusing on reviewing the Fisheries Sector Programme Support, Phase II (FSPS II) in Hanoi on December 21.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Vu Van Tam said that the program had completed the set goals. After nearly eight years of implementation, the program supported the institutional improvement of the fisheries sector from central ministries to localities, contributing to improved management skills for staff at all levels and better management and livelihood models in order to raise the incomes of poor people involved in fisheries activities.
The program supported, drafted and deployed 4,292 performance models with the participation of 192,612 farmers, including 96,817 poor households and 76,065 women, accounting for 50.3 and 39.5 percent of total farmers respectively. In addition, the program also supported scholarships for 35 masters and three PhDs; and the deployment of 20 scientific agricultural research topics.
Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam also said that the Vietnamese Government would adopt measures to maintain and promote the results of the program as well as invest more in the fisheries sector with a view to turning it into a key economic sector.
The Danish Government has supported the Vietnam’s fisheries sector since 1993. Denmark’s non-refundable aid to Vietnam has totaled nearly US$800 million, including nearly US$100 million for the fisheries sector in two phases. Phase I in the 2000-2005 period with total budget of approximately US$41 million assisted techniques for businesses in terms of quality management systems and the construction of marketing networks; and supported promotional activities in the fisheries sector.
Danish Ambassador John Nielsen said that Vietnamese-Danish cooperation in the fisheries sector has lasted nearly 20 years with successes in many respects. Vietnam has become the world’s leading seafood export country.
About 136 countries import high-quality Vietnamese seafood products. The program achieved successes in promoting sustainable production by strengthening management capacity and quality controls and diversifying seafood products. Moreover, the also created jobs for people in the poorest areas of eight provinces, contributing to eliminating hunger and reducing poverty.
Despite challenges in terms of the environment and the impact from climate change, trade cooperation with Denmark will further ensure and maintain connections with the world’s largest markets, contributing to increased profits for the sector.
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Deputy Chairman Nguyen Huu Dung said that FSPS II’s goals were linked to the development of the fisheries sector in effectively supporting poor people and state management agencies in central ministries, provinces and localities.
To promote the long-term effects of the results in the FSPS II after the end of the program, Vietnam’s fisheries sector will still need the support and advice from the Danish Government. This is a practical activity in the transition from support to trade cooperation. In particular, the connection between Vietnamese and Danish enterprises to take advantage of science and technology has been implemented./.
By Nguyen Huong
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