In the Seychelles, President Albert Rene of the seychelles has told a fishery workshop that he believes certain Third World nations are being cheated of their natural resources.
GV Fishing port of Seychelles
GV Fishing boat in harbour
LV INTERIOR President Albert Rene speaking at conference (6 shots)
RENE: "It is to us, inadmissible that certain Third World countries should be subjected to the indignity of holding a begging bowl, when they are, at the same time, being systematically deprived of the natural resources which could ensure their self-sufficiency. It is unthinkable that in this modern age, certain countries should continue to be cheated out of their birthright into abject poverty. A radical change is needed in order to ensure that developing countries are adequately compensated for their natural resources. It is not sufficient, however, for Western Indian Ocean countries to introduce fishery licence for foreign fishing vessels, and expect easy affluence from licence fees. They must them-selves participate in the exploitation of their fishery potential. Fishery involves many risks. I hope that this exercise which you are about to undertake will at least help to minimise the financial risks, by giving a........realistic picture of the potential fish yields, and indicating the order and magnitude of the investment and effort required. I look forward to reading you conclusions and recommendations, resulting from the technical deliberations over the next two weeks."
The main purpose of the workshop is to gather and collate information on fishing potential in the Western Indian Ocean. Many of the coastal countries of east Africa and the island territories of the area are anxious to make fuller use of their resources, but at present lack a clear identification of fish stocks. In the last few years more date has become available, and the aim of the workshop is to review this, and assess how fully resources are exploited at the moment.
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Background: In the Seychelles, President Albert Rene of the seychelles has told a fishery workshop that he believes certain Third World nations are being cheated of their natural resources. He has urged Western Indian Ocean nations to exploit their fishing grounds to the fullest possible extent. The Seychelles is one of six countries attending the workshop on Indian Ocean fishery resources at Mahe in the seychelles. It opened on October 21 and will last two weeks during which delegates will assess the area's potential.
SYNOPSIS: President Rene was one of the first speakers and, with other delegates, claimed Third World nations had too little return from other nations and lacked knowledge to fish the area properly themselves.