The Inception Meeting of the SmartFish Programme took place in Flic en Flac, Mauritius, on 15th and 16th June, 2011 at the invitation of the Indian Ocean Commission. The meeting was attended by representatives from partner regional economic commissions (COMESA, EAC, IGAD, IOC); partner regional fisheries organizations and projects; European Union Delegations; as well as by representatives from beneficiary and participating countries from the Programme area.
The objective of the meeting was to present the SmartFish Programme and discuss its objectives, outputs and implementation strategy. The role of focal persons nominated to assist in implementation was also discussed. The report of the meeting is presented below, together with conclusions and recommendations as well as annexes that provide an overview of the Programme itself and the implementation framework relevant to each of the main five results to be achieved