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Third Round Monitoring Workshop ( March- April 2011)

Whilst the first two regional workshops under ACP Fish II were primarily concerned with needs assessment and project development, this third round of Workshops focused on monitoring of project implementation. Objectives were the same in each region:

  • Review status of implementation of projects funded under PE 1 (to May 2011);
  • Formulate and/or finalize Terms of Reference/plans for projects to be implemented under PE 2 (June 2011 – November 2012) and agree implementation plan
  • Learn lessons and share experiences of project implementation to-date

Programme Monitoring Workshops were held in each of the six ACP Fish II regions following the schedule below:

 

Region

dates

Location

Western Africa

10 - 11 March

Dakar, Senegal

Southern Africa

15 – 16 March

Maputo, Mozambique

Central Africa

22 – 23 March

Douala, Cameroon

Eastern Africa

24 – 25 March

Kisumu, Kenya

Caribbean

4 – 5 April

Belize City, Belize

Pacific

12 – 13 April

Apia, Samoa

 

99 people – Focal Points from national Fisheries Administrations, Regional Fisheries and Economic Bodies and members of fisheries Administration of the host countries – were invited. 94 of those invited entities attended the Workshops. Some representatives of projects and donors, including the EC Delegations were invited, as well and participated in the working sessions .A mixture of plenary and small group work was used, with presentations by all Focal Points involved in project implementation. The Workshops were well covered through national, regional and international media. Findings on project implementation:

Main findings on project implementation were sourced from structured presentations by Focal Points and the plenary discussion. Those findings were very similar and the key points noted are:

1)  In general, projects are being implemented in all 6 regions without any major operational or technical problems.

2)  The quality of Key Experts fielded was found to be very high.

3) The ToR for the projects were deemed as appropriate and consistent  with the needs identified . 

4) The use of Project Implementing teams made up of representatives from the host administration and primary beneficiary were very important factors in achieving successful project implementation.

5) The initial meeting between the Fisheries Administration/beneficiary, the KE team and the Regional Manager ACP Fish II was seen as a critical factor of success.

6)  Early and continued communication during implementation stages was also noted as a crucial factor for successful implementation.

7)  In general the role of the Regional Managers and their support during implementation of projects was highly appreciated.

 8)  Further efforts need to be made in PE 2 to promote ACP firms participation in tenders whilst still ensuring quality standards.

 

Reports summarizing the relevant information on the workshops were distributed to all country representatives.