Building the capacities of selected LDCs to upgrade and diversify their fish exports

Fisheries constitute a sector that holds considerable potential for the diversification and development of emerging economies across the developing world. Fish and fishery products are among the most important dynamic commodity products for the least developed countries (LDCs)

Despite its importance, the sector is often underdeveloped and the bulk of fish exports frequently consist of just a few products to a limited number of importing markets. Compliance with international public and private standards is perhaps the most significant barrier to export for least developed economies.

While UNCTAD's project address many constraints on tapping the potential of the fisheries sector in LDCs — both on the supply and demand side — it focuses most heavily on developing the capacities of these countries to meet international standards.


  • To strengthen the capacity of private and public stakeholders in selected least developed countries to upgrade and diversify their fish exports, including by improving sanitary and phytosanitary standards

Expected accomplishments:

  • Increased expertise and technical knowledge of Governments to formulate and implement export development and diversification strategies to tap fishery potential existing in selected least developed countries

  • Improved capacity of Governments and the private sector in selected least developed countries to upgrade standards and comply with international food safety and related sanitary and phytosanitary standards

Fishing boat
  Project Code: 1415M
  Partners: ECA, ESCAP and FAO
  Donor: United Nations Development Account
  Beneficiaries:    Cambodia, the Comoros, Mozambique, Myanmar and Uganda
  Duration: 2014-2017

 Events and Meetings



19 October 2018The path to sustainable fisheries runs through Viet Nam - Q&A with UNCTAD economist
Nha Trang University of Viet Nam
09 March 2018UNCTAD and Vietnamese university to create a sustainable fisheries training centre
21 September 2017UNCTAD and the Commonwealth sign cooperation agreement
Goal 14
24 August 2017Fishery exports and Least Developed Countries
SDG 14
09 June 2017A Piece of the Fish Pie: Sharing the Benefits of Fisheries with LDCs and SIDS
06 June 2017The clock is ticking for world leaders to generate wealth from sustainable fisheries
25 August 2016UNCTAD fisheries project facilitates south-south partnerships
Flag of the Comoros
27 July 2015Promoting fish exports from Least Developed Countries


 Video Testimonials

Participant at the first regional training course on harnessing the potential of the fisheries sector
(29 October - 09 November 2018)



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