Welcoming Remarks By Ms. Linggawaty Hakim at the Opening Session of â??Regional Consultation for the Identification of Technical Assistance Needs of Tsunami Affect Coastal Fishing Communitiesâ?

 2/15/2006

Welcoming Remarks
By Ms. Linggawaty Hakim
Director of Non-Aligned Movement Centre
for South-South Technical Cooperation ( CSSTC)

At the Opening Session of
“Regional Consultation for the Identification of Technical Assistance Needs
of Tsunami Affected Coastal Fishing Communities”
Medan, 7 February 2006

 

Distinguished Representatives of CFC and INFOFISH,
Distinguished Participants and Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the honour to address this important occasion, and to welcome you all, on behalf of the Government of Indonesia and the Non Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Cooperation. I am pleased to meet you all here in Medan, and thank you for your willingness to take part in this important occasion. As we are all aware of, our gathering here is aimed to contribute to the effort of rehabilitation of coastal fishing communities in several Asian countries, which have been severely affected by the tsunami in December 2004.  It has been more than a year ago since the disaster occurred, and yet many of them have not been recovered from the severe damage caused by tsunami.

Based on this situation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, working together with the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries, and the Non Aligned Movement Center for South-South Technical Cooperation (NAMCSSTC), have sought support from the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) to call an inter-governmental meeting of experts to identify problems and needs for rehabilitation assistance in the fisheries sector and appropriate technical assistance programmes for those affected countries.

We would like to extend our gratitude to CFC for its support to fund our regional consultation today. Our thanks should also go to INFOFISH that has been appointed by CFC as the executing agency. NAM CSSTC has the privilege to work with INFOFISH in organizing this regional consultation.

Today we have around 26 participants coming from the five-affected countries, namely India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives and Indonesia, and representatives from donor agencies, namely AUSAID, IFC, NORAD, FAO, CFC, INFOFISH, Worldfish Centre, Triangle, Mercy Corps, and ADB.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The main objective of this regional consultation is to bring together fisheries tsunami rehabilitation policy makers, technical expertise and representatives from donor that have been actively involved in the process of providing emergency relief and support for rehabilitation of coastal communities in the affected countries.

During the next two days, the consultation would be focused on the following:

  • identify the existing emergency response in the affected countries for rehabilitation of tsunami affected coastal communities;
  • identify constraints/problems faced by affected countries for such rehabilitation;
  • identify specific technical assistance needs of the affected coastal communities; 
  • share experience in rehabilitation of coastal communities  in  different countries; 
  • formulate appropriate assistance within the framework of fisheries community rehabilitation programme.

A field visit to Banda Aceh has also been included in our programme in order to give a clear situation in the affected area. 

As a result of this consultation, we expect a set of recommendations on appropriate rehabilitation programmes and technical assistance, as well as support of infrastructure and facilities required for the recovery of coastal fishing communities in the five-affected countries. The recommendations would then be circulated among the concerned governments and donor funding agencies for follow-up action and implementation.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me on this occasion to briefly inform you on the work of our Centre. It was established in 1995 at the initiative of the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Brunei Darussalam during the eleventh Summit of Non Aligned Movement in Cartagena, Colombia, as one of the vital and effective means for promoting and accelerating development in the developing countries. Under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre has been able to expand its networking with various international organizations, among others by concluding Cooperation Agreements with JICA, CIRDAP, UNEP, UNESCAP, and IDB. We look forward to working together with other institutions in supporting the development efforts of developing countries. The Centre is also prepared to continue working with CFC and INFOFISH, as well as donors, to follow-up the recommendations of this consultation.

Finally, I wish you all a successful consultation and an enjoyable stay in Indonesia. I’m convinced that your active participation in this consultation would greatly contribute to the recovery process of all tsunami affected fishing communities.
 
Thank you.