Jakarta, Oct. 30 (ANTARA) - Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sharif C. Sutardjo who is also Chairman of Minister of CTI-CFF Board together with member's countries of Coral Triangle Initiative-Coral on Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) this weekend has officially confirmed the establishment of permanent regional secretariat in Indonesia. Cicip added that Indonesia as host of Permanent Regional Secretariat will soon strengthen the partnership between CTI-CFF member's countries. One of the next commitments from Indonesia is etablished CTI-CFF Permanent Regional Secretariat Building in Manado, North Sulawesi," he said.

The approval of establisment of permanent regional secretariat has confirmed after the signing of Joint Ministerial Statement from CTI-CFF member's countries in the CTI-CFF 3rd Ministerial Meeting. With the enactment of the permanent regional secretariat, the member's countries should prepare the document of permanent regional secretariat establisment. While this process is running, provisional regional secretariat which is based in Jakarta continue to implement the Regional Plan of Action (RPoA) and each countries will also accelerate the implementation of CTI-CFF National Plan of Action (NPoA) in order to accelerate the programs which has been set together.

This ministerial meeting has made three important agreement. First, the approval of legal document for the establisment of CTI-CFF permanent regional secretariat. Second, this permanent regional secretariat has wider authority, in order to strengthen its status as International Legal Entity. Third, there is strong support from both donor countries, including USA and Australia, as well the partner, including Asian Development Bank (ADB), Global Enviroment Facility (GEF), WWF, TNC, and CI.

In his statement, several ministers and partners of member's countries give highly appreciation for Indonesian Leadership to CTI-CFF in facilitating various programs and activities since 2009, such as facilitate the meeting between stakeholder and community in conservation of coral reefs and food security. CTI-CFF partner's countries has also committed to enhance fund aid and building capacity, and Australia has support it with fund aid.

Before the 3rd Ministerial Meeting on Friday (28/10), Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has already opened the 7th CTI-CFF Senior Official Meeting which was held on 25-26 October 2011 at the same place and also attended by member's countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philipine, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste) and CTI-CFF donor organization, such as America and Australia as well Asian Development Bank (ADB), Conservation International (CI), The Nature Conservation (TNC), and World Wild Fund (WWF) as LSM partner.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Yulistyo Mudho, M.Sc, Head of Data, Statistics and Information Center, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (Mobile 0811836967)

The Ministers and Ambassadors who attend the 3rd Ministerial Meeting
1. Hon. Mr Sharif C. Sutardjo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Republic of Indonesia;
2. Hon. Mr Tony Burke, MP, Minister of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities – The Government of Australia;
3. Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia;
4. Hon. Mr. Thompson Harokaq’veh, Minister for Environment and Conservation - The Independent State of Papua New Guinea;
5. H.E. Mr Ramon Jesus P. Paje, Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Republic of the Philippines;
6. H.E. Mr. John Moffat Fugui, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Meteorology – The Government of Solomon Islands;
7. H.E. Mr Mariano Assanami Sabino Lopes, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries - The Democratic Republic of Timor Leste;
8. H.E. Scot Alan Marciel, the Ambassador of the USA for Indonesia.

Reporter: Oktavia Herawati
Editor: PR Wire
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