Luanda - The Commission for the Real Economy of the Council of Ministers approved on Friday, in Luanda, the Development Plan for Artisanal Fisheries for the 2014/2017 period, drafted by the Ministry of Fisheries.
The minister of Fisheries, Victoria de Barros, who was speaking at the end of the meeting, said that the plan aims to reduce poverty in fishing communities and making this activity involved in the supply chain of fisheries.
It also aims to better the living conditions of the populations in the areas of health, education and increasing their income through artisanal fishing, either maritime or continental, the latter being the least that has been intervened by the state, according to the government official.
Victoria de Barros said that artisanal fishing in some areas of Angola, and the provinces of Moxico and Cuando Cubango, plays an important role in the establishment and development of local economies.
"Our role is not only in organizing cooperatives in these locations, but also provide them with appropriate products for preservation, processing and marketing infrastructure," he stressed.
According to the minister of Fisheries, it is the Angolan Government's intention to introduce and enhance the supply chain of formal marketing of fishing products from artisanal fishermen.
The meeting, chaired by the vice-president, Manuel Domingos Vicente, also analyzed a draft Presidential Decree which approves the legal regime of the national network of logistics platforms, submitted by the Ministry of Transport.