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August 14, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Guinea: Contributing to the supply of quality marine products and improving the livelihoods of fishing communities through artisanal fishing port facility infrastructure

photosigning ceremony

On August 11, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Guinea in Conakry to provide grant aid of up to 1.219 billion yen for the Project for the Construction of Kaporo Artisanal Fishing Port.

The project will provide unloading facilities, marine product handling and storage facilities and the like at Kaporo Fishing Port in Conakry, the capital city of Guinea, to improve sanitation and the working environment, and to contribute to improvements in the livelihoods of the fishing community and the supply of sanitary quality marine products to local residents.

The coastal area of Guinea is a favorable fishing area with the largest continental shelf in West Africa and a marine catch volume of approximately 192,000 tons (2013). More than 90 percent of the people engaged in the sea fisheries industry are artisanal fishermen who account for some 60 percent of the catch volume, and in order to stabilize fishery productivity, the Government of Guinea is advancing efforts to develop unloading facilities, to improve market distribution and to take other measures for the artisanal fisheries industry.

Kaporo Fishing Port, which is the project target, is one of the largest artisanal fishery ports on the north end of the Conakry Peninsula and is adjacent to a region undergoing a significant population growth. These factors make the port a key hub for workers in the artisanal fisheries industry as well as for marine product consumers. However, the fish landing facilities are inadequate, such that use is limited during full tide, and the need to manually move boats to the beach is an excessive strain on fisheries workers and an inefficient way to unload. Moreover, due to a lack of refrigeration and processing facilities, the handling and processing of marine products is not carried out in a sanitary environment.

The project will make it possible to handle around 63 tons of fresh seafood per month during the fishery season in a sanitary environment, and reduce the burden of labor for around 50 fishing boats per day through the provision of a landing seawall and an unloading yard, which is expected to double the area available for unloading during high tide. In addition, the use of improved fish smokers is expected to lead to the employment of women who work in the fish smoking industry.

[Basic project information]
Country Republic of Guinea
Project title The Project for the Construction of Kaporo Artisanal Fishing Port
Planned implementation period 24 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency Ministry of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Maritime Economy
Target region, facilities Kaporo Fishing Port
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facilities and equipment
Facilities: landing seawall (approximately 109 meters), slipway, unloading yard (approximately 232 square meters), outboard engine repair shop (approximately 75 square meters), administration and fisheries product storage building (two stories), smoking facilities, elevated water tank and water supply pump room, public restrooms, parking area, access road, others
Equipment: catch storage equipment (cold storage boxes, chest freezers), platform scales, outboard engine repair tools
(2) Consulting services/guidance in managing the facilities
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision.
As guidance in managing the facilities: support for formulating basic operation and maintenance rules for the fishing port administration and maintenance organizations, support for formulating billing, accounting and financial processing methods, technical guidance for managing and maintaining the facilities and equipment, support for inviting private icemaking facilities.

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