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Ghana joins FiTI

The Republic of Ghana has announced its commitment to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). The official commitment letter was handed over by Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development to the Chair of the FiTI International Board, Dr Valeria Merino, during a side event at the 36th session of the Committee on Fisheries, COFI36.

In her official commitment letter, the Minister recalled that the FiTI’s recent TAKING STOCK transparency assessment showed that the country is not data deficient but does lack the framework to make valuable fisheries information publicly accessible and usable. With this commitment the national authorities of Ghana are now seeking to collaborate ‘with relevant government regulatory institutions, industry and Fisheries Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to improve accessibility and transparency in marine fisheries management in accordance with the FiTI Standard.’

Ghana has also been a long serving member country of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which promotes transparent, inclusive and accountable governance across all sectors and government functions. The commitment to enhance transparency of Ghana’s fisheries sector has already been included in the country’s most recent OGP National Action Plan (2024-2028).

With this commitment, Ghana becomes the tenth country to join the FiTI, after Mauritania, Seychelles, Senegal, Cabo Verde, Madagascar, São Tomé and Príncipe, Ecuador, Guinea, and Chile.

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