Throughout the collaboration between UNIDO ITPO Italy and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and thanks to the fundamental assistance provided by the Ancona Fair and the Ancona Chamber of Commerce, was born the possibility to invite in Italy the Deputy Minister of fisheries from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana Republic, Mr. Nii Amasah Namoale, as well as to assist him during his visit in the Marche region.
The Deputy Minister attended the 71st International Fisheries Exhibition, which took place in Ancona from 27th to 29th May 2011. The event - with 70 exhibitors, 100 brands and 30 European researchers working on the project Eco Fish Man - was inaugurated by Mr. Gian Mario Spacca, President of Marche Region.
During his visit, Mr Nii Amasah Namoale had also the opportunity to meet the CNR Director and the authorities of the Port and the Municipality of Ancona. Furthermore, he visited CO.PE.MA cooperative, an Italian organizational model in the fishery sector.
Fishing in Ghana – Country which owns 550 kilometre coast – is an essential sector, which represents 3,9% GDP. Total fish consumption is about 20-25 kg per capita, overcoming the average world standard which is 13 Kg.
The Marche Region, organizer of the Exhibition, is the third Italian Region for tonnage boat and represents a well-known model for technologies in fishery sector, such as: cooling systems and hydraulic systems, equipments for aquiculture, plants for the processing of fishing products and board equipments for motorized fishing and radio communications.
At the end of the event, the deputy Minister Mr. Nii Amasah Namoale talked about the available chances for investments in Ghana in fishery sector and wished an improvement of Italian investments, especially regarding the building of 14 small harbours and the development of storage and cooling systems.