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Profit vs protection: building Africa's blue economy
Date: 8 June 2016
Time: 10h30 - 12h30
Venue: Conference room, ISS Pretoria, Block C, Brooklyn Court, map

Blue economies are fundamental for Africa’s development and prosperity. Maritime resources enable fishing, aquaculture, resource extraction, seabed mining, tourism, shipping and shipbuilding, which can contribute billions of dollars to African economies.

At its Lomé Summit in October, the African Union is set to decide on how to reduce insecurity at sea and promote Africa’s blue economy for the benefit of all its people. The challenges for Africa are significant, especially if these initiatives are to develop in a safe and sustainable way that promotes good governance of the oceans.

To mark World Ocean’s Day, the ISS will explore how blue economies are being established in western and southern Africa and whether the balance between economic imperatives and environmental obligations is being achieved. 

Chair: Timothy Walker, Researcher, ISS Pretoria


  • Barthelemy Blede, Senior Researcher, ISS Dakar
  • Adnan Awad, Director, International Oceans Institute-Southern Africa
  • Capt. Andre Katerinic, Warfare Directorate, South African Navy
  • Concluding remarks: Rear Admiral Rusty Higgs, Chief of Naval Staff, South African Navy

Picture: ©Peter Chadwick/Africa Media Online

This event is made possible with support from the Government of the Netherlands. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
Conference room
ISS Pretoria
Block C
Brooklyn Court
Mandy Badenhorst
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
Timothy Walker
Phone: +27 12 346 9500
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