On Tuesday, 31st October the Centre for Economic and Social Development (CESD) was proud to attend the stakeholder consultation of the Myanmar Sustainable Aquaculture Programme (MYSAP) hosted by MoALI, the German International Cooperation (GIZ), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation (MoALI), and European Union (EU). The Programme is a jointly implemented project between the Myanmar Department of Fisheries (DoF) and GIZ served with working with farmers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Government and Non-Governmental Organizations, the private sector, academia and other stakeholder members of the aquaculture value chain to sustainably increase Myanmar’s aquaculture. The Programme is funded by the EU and German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
CESD’s Executive Director, Dr. Zaw Oo was the moderator of two sessions and focused on gathering stakeholder input for CESD’s support of the upcoming National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP) Policy Dialogue. The sessions combined stakeholder input as part of CESD’s support for MYSAP in the National Aquaculture Development Plan. Attendees included private sector and local representatives, officials from the Department of Fisheries (DoF), and MoALI.
The first session, moderated by Dr. Zaw Oo, brought a diverse view of Myanmar’s current aquaculture policies and laws. The discussion identified policies locals felt were limiting aquaculture development. Solutions were sought that could better tailor policy to help small and local stakeholders compete in the aquaculture industry.
The second session outlined the steering structure, strategic approach, and the NADP’s six result areas. Feedback from stakeholders; especially from the DOF, MoALI, and private sector is key to ensure accurate planning and implementation. Many strong opinions were voiced during the session as discussion centered around the creation of a strategic approach basing long-term aquaculture reform off neighboring ASEAN states. These countries’ experiences would be the most efficient baseline to consider and base potential reforms. Additionally, stakeholders established the importance of finding a list of quick wins to jump-start growth in the sector, identifying synergies across the six result areas to keep in mind during the project.