The EU is stepping up its support for the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture in Algeria, with the launch of two-year programme aimed at contributing to the diversification of the economy.
“It is about promoting a sector of the economy other than hydrocarbons and also ensuring that the role of the state facilitates the emergence of a dynamic and competitive private sector,” said EU Head of Delegation John O’Rourke at a presentation of the new €15 million DIVECO 2 programme.
The programme proposes to encourage local initiatives in three pilot areas (the wilayas of Ain Temouchent, Sétif and Skikda), by supporting the implementation of the AQUAPECHE plan, which aims to increase the contribution of fisheries and aquaculture activities to the diversification of the economy.
The Director-General for Fisheries at the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Taha Hammouche, said EU assistance through training, studies and technical support would allow the implementation of the government’s programme to increase domestic production and the sustainable management of fisheries and aquaculture resources.
Technical assistance will include support for the consolidation of statistical systems for fisheries and aquaculture, as well as improving health and safety and the marketing of fish and aquaculture products.