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
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