The first international conference and exposition of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) will convene on the African Continent at the end of this month. The event will attract wide sponsorship and support from African development institutions including the African Union (the NEPAD Agency and AU-IBAR) and the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The main purpose of the conference is to highlight the potential of aquaculture production with the aim of supporting economic development and investment opportunities in Africa - the world’s second fastest growing regional economy.
In recognition of the early developmental stage of African Aquaculture, a five-day program entitled “Spotlight on Africa” will include an opening ceremony plenary address by Guinean President Alpha Condé, Chairman of the African Union and champion of the African Union for Fisheries and Aquaculture. Other events during the Africa Session focusing on Developing African Aquaculture Value Chains, Financing African Aquaculture and African Aquaculture Policy Day, will be presented by the African Union, NEPAD Agency, World Bank and WorldFish.
In addition, a significant milestone for the global aquaculture community will be marked by the launch of an Africa Chapter of the WAS. In keeping with the African Union 2017 theme, “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth” NEPAD Agency will be sponsoring 10 students from around the continent to attend the conference. The WAS Student Programme will host a special tour of the DAFF Marine Research Aquarium, the Student Spotlight Presentations and awards, special seminars, and the student reception and a social event.
The Conference will also include a Trade Show with over 90 exhibitors and featuring 70 sessions that will be take place over four days, covering a diverse selection of aquaculture-related topics and speakers, as well as a dedicated poster session.
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