50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT
Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan (OFCF Japan) was established on June 2, 1973, and celebrates its 50th anniversary in June 2023. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the cooperation and support we have received over these 50 years.
The 1970s was the dawn of the 200-miles era, when coastal countries began to focus on fisheries development for utilization of fisheries resources within their 200-miles zone. OFCF Japan has implemented various fisheries cooperation projects based on the requests from these coastal countries, with a view to building and promoting friendly relationship in the fisheries fields between these countries and Japan.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, OFCF Japan has drafted a Concept Paper, trying to clarify the direction we should take in the future in order to further promote and strengthen fisheries relations with the coastal countries. We are planning to hold various commemorative events during the "50th Anniversary Year," which will last for about one year before and after the anniversary of the establishment. The Concept Paper will be finalized by the end of 2023, when the 50th Anniversary Year ends, taking into account the outcomes of these events.
Last December 2022, OFCF Japan held a symposium with ATLAFCO (The Ministerial Conference on Fisheries Cooperation among African States Bordering the Atlantic Ocean) under the theme of economic development of sustainable fisheries in harmony with environmental conservation, and exchanges of views on the possible assistance which ATLAFCO and OFCF Japan could provide for the sustainable fisheries development. In this year, we are planning to hold a series of discussions with Japanese fisheries industries as well as with high-level officials of Pacific Island countries with a view to exploring possible future direction of our assistance. We are also planning, on June 2,2023, to hold a Banquet for the 50th anniversary, and publish a 50th anniversary commemorative publication as well.