Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF)
The goal of MSSIF is the same as the Vision of the MFMR: "a sustainable fisheries sector that contributes to the socio-economic needs of all Solomon Islanders”
MSSIF provides long-term technical assistance and funding support to the MFMR. MSSIF has contributed towards some notable success and a deep, respectful partnership between the New Zealand and the Solomon Island Government.
Over the past decade Solomon Islands has emerged as a regional leader on fisheries issues –including the effective management of its tuna resources through the Vessel Day Scheme and innovation in its purse-seiner and long-line fisheries. MFMR Permanent Secretary, Dr Christain Ramofafia has led the Ministry since 2007 and attributes his Ministry’s success to the increased confidence, competence and expertise among his staff, much of which has been nurtured under this bilateral partnership and through a series of long-term advisors.
MSSIF is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) and during MSSIF Phase 2 (2015 – 2020) SBD 32.5 M was invested in focal areas covering all divisions of the MFMR: corporate services, inshore fisheries, provincial aquaculture, offshore fisheries and onshore investment.
MSSIF supports the MFMR workplan in co-ordination with other support to the Ministry such as the World Bank PROP Programme. In addition to the bilateral MSSIF programme; New Zealand provides technical support to the fisheries sector through an MOU with MPI, is currently the biggest contributor to FFA and funds SPC and partnership activities in country.
In December 2018 an evaluation of MSSIF 2 was undertaken leading to a new Grant Funding Arrangement. Signed in November 2019, MSSIF Phase 3 will have an investment of NZD 6.9 M over four years.
MSSIF 3 Outcomes
Long term outcomes:
- Solomon Islands is a strong voice on issues of fisheries management in the Pacific region
- Solomon Islands fisheries are managed more sustainably, and the sector diversified
- Revenue from fisheries increasingly contributes to Solomon Islands’ government revenue
- Growth in the fisheries sector providing more job opportunities, particularly for youth
Medium term outcomes:
- Fisheries interventions better reflect gender equity objectives within fisheries sector
- More effective MFMR (leadership, workforce, systems and processes)
- Diversified fisheries creating food security and supporting livelihoods
- Communities making informed choices on fishing practice
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