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Zanzibar, France sign deal to protect marine biodiversity

The Indian Ocean islands of Zanzibar and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the protection and safety of the sea to strengthen the blue economy.

The agreement was signed by the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Blue Economy and Fisheries, Dr. Suleiman Aboud Jumbe and the French Deputy Ambassador to Tanzania, David Guillon in the presence of the Isles Minister of Blue Economy and Fisheries, Suleiman Masoud Makame.

Speaking at the event, Makame said the agreement will stimulate the prosperity of the existing sectors in the blue economy.

He added the government has worked hard to ensure the implementation of the blue economy is inclusive by ensuring that each stakeholder contributes.

He commended the French government for supporting the project that will create a better environment in the protection of marine resources and pledged to manage and implement the project in accordance with the agreed conditions.

He said that the project will be implemented in partnership with his ministry, the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments and will have six areas to be worked on.

These include training for stakeholders, building the capacity to use modern technologies at sea and providing them with protection and rescue equipment.

Others are to support the Special Anti-Smuggling Force (KMKM) and other defense and security agencies to deal with disasters and protection.

Commenting on the agreement, Guillon said the deal would strengthen the long-term relationship between Zanzibar and France.

He said that for a long time, France had been implementing various projects in social sectors in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, so the project is aimed at expanding the scope of cooperation and promoting the isles economy.

“Zanzibar like other island countries should be protected not only from the threat of pirates and illegal fishing, but also from the destruction of the marine resources by having sustainable conservation of the sea and beaches,” he said.

He added France will provide technical assistance in matters of sea protection, provision of education and equipment and build the capacity of institutions in charge of protection and security, including the Special Anti-Smuggling Force (KMKM).

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