The African Confederation of Artisanal Fisheries Professional Organisations (CAOPA) has a new president, Mr. Gaoussou Gueye of Senegal. Elected on Friday 18 November 2016 at the General Assembly held in Lomé, Togo, Mr. Gueye has a mandate of 3 years, renewable once.
Mr. Gueye, who held the position of secretary general of this inter-professional organisation, is replacing the Mauritanian, Mr. Sid’Ahmed Ibn Abeid, who just completed his two mandates. Mrs. Adama Djalo of Guinée-Bissau keeps her position as Vice-President, while Mr. Dawda Saine of the Gambia is the new Secretary General.
The newly elected president has thanked the participants who came from over 15 countries for the trust that they have put into him. “I recognise that it is a huge responsibility, but it’s not the work of only one person, but teamwork,” he stated, thanking his predecessor and his team who according to him has been “a really great leader”, and who has done “an excellent job” as the head of CAOPA.
“I ask all the members, whether they are in the executive team or not, to contribute in making artisanal fishing more visible and overcome the big challenges of the sector, notably the challenge of food security, of job creation and the management of fisheries resource for its sustainability”, said Gaoussou Gueye. According to him, they should win this challenge through transparency and good governance.