Although both Namibia and South Africa are strong supporters of the Sahrawi’s right to self-determination and recognize the Sahrawi Republic, a Namibian-South African fishing company, Etosha Fishing Corp (Pty) Ltd, has been active in occupied Western Sahara since 2007. Managing director Philippe Conradie confirmed that the company was fishing in Western Sahara under a Moroccan license.
Their partner in the freezing of the catches is the Moroccan fish processing company Dipromer, in addition to other smaller rented freezing facilities around Dakhla. Dipromer holds Etosha’s fishing license through their joint-venture. The licence is for 40.000 tonnes of fish a year, and permits fishing of sardines and sardinella, according to Conradie.
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Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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