COMESA WorldFish Trains Fish Traders

Luangwa, Zambia, Monday, Dec 3, 2018: A training workshop on the COMESA Fish Inspection & Certification Programme (MINI-LABS) and Green Pass Scheme took place on 3 – 5 December 2018, in Luangwa district, Eastern Zambia.

Participants were drawn from fish cross border traders, customs authorities, and other government agencies from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Participants from the Mwami/Mchinji, Kasumbalesa, Chirundu, and Luangwa border points were specifically targeted.

The objective of the training was to equip the traders with best practices that will help increase the quality of fish and boost the fish trade within and beyond the region.

Luangwa District Commissioner Mr. Ngoni Moyo opened the workshop. Speakers at the events included WorldFish Zambia, Country Director Dr. Sloans Chimatiro and Head of COMESA Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary project, Ms. Martha Byanyima.

Dr. Chimatiro described the event as part of his organization’s leadership in the implementation of the WorldFish’s Strategy on putting fish in regional food system, through the fish trade programme known as “Improving Food Security and Reducing Poverty through Intra-regional fish trade in sub-Sahara Africa.”

The main objective of the World Fish project is to integrate simplified, risk based SPS/TBT conformity assessment checks in border management to enhance intra-regional fish trade, especially for women, and thus realize the potential for trade to improve food and nutrition security as well as incomes.

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