The IOTC Agreement requires the Commission to undertake activities aimed at transferring technology, training and enhancement, while having due regard to the need to ensure the equitable participation of all Members of the Commission in the fisheries and the special interests and needs of Members in the region that are developing countries. As a result, the Commission has an active program of capacity building among its membership, which was formalised with the adoption of IOTC Resolution 12/10 To Promote Implementation of Conservation and Management Measures Already Adopted by IOTC.
This Resolution establishes a special fund for capacity building in order to ensure compliance with conservation and management measures adopted by the IOTC.
Up until 2010 the participation of developing CPCs to the IOTC Scientific Committee and its Working Party meetings had been limited, mostly due to the costs associated with travel and accommodation of participants. In order to facilitate their participation, and in line with the recommendations of the Performance Review Panel adopted by the Commission in 2009, the Commission adopted Resolution 10/05 On the establishment of a meeting participation fund for developing IOTC Members and Non-Contracting Cooperating Parties (CPCs).
The Resolution establishes a special Meeting Participation Fund (MPF) for the purposes of supporting scientists and representatives from IOTC Contracting Parties and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties (CPCs) who are developing States to attend and/or contribute to the work of the Commission, the IOTC Scientific Committee and its Working Parties.
For more details, consult the Rules of Procedure for the administration of the MPF.