Honiara, 26th Oct 2017: Construction of Constituency Fisheries Centres in some constituencies is going on well according to projection with the buildings that were planned for construction in 2017 about 90 percent complete.
It is hoped that by the end of the year, most of the centres constructed under the 2017 work plan would be ready to start operating.
The DCC Government initiated the project with the view to build CFCs in all 50 constituencies and help improve living standards in the communities. The Ministry of Fisheries is implementing the project.
The DCC government policy is to have one CFC per constituency. The CFCs aim to increase service delivery to all constituencies and act as an avenue for rural economic opportunities based on sustainable use of fisheries.
And to ensure this project’s goal is achieved, staff of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources held a one day internal workshop to lay out a workable plan which the Ministry will implement once construction work on the centres is done.
The intent is to handover responsibility of all the CFCs to relevant communities once a Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the Ministry of Fisheries and constituency representatives.
And to ensure smooth transition once the centres are handed over to communities, the Ministry of Fisheries is also conducting workshops for the communities.
So far, the facilitation team which includes staff from the Ministry of Fisheries have conducted workshops in three constituencies on Guadalcanal.
The participatory workshops provide an opportunity for communities to work through their expectations for the centres and how they plan to prepare themselves to manage and use the centres.