This project was in alignment with the Hi 5 agendas of the Africa Development Bank, specifically, Feed Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the Quality of Life of Africans. The aim of these strategies was to promote trade, maritime security, and capacity development. The major areas focused on supporting fish value chains and fostering regional transboundary trade corridors on fish trade, maritime security, and combating IUU and other threats to sustainable fisheries. Goal 14 of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 14) also recognized that the oceans presented great economic, environmental, and social benefits that contributed substantially towards sustainable development.
Pursuant to the above overview, the African Development Bank, in collaboration with CEMLAWS Africa and other partners, organized an online dialogue session on these common areas of interests to reinforce sustainable fisheries through relevant discourses and building capacities.