Africa’s prosperity is tied to its oceans and seas

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ISS Africa conference about Lome Charter

[Source: ISS Africa] A major strength of Africa’s 2016 Lomé Charter on maritime security and development is its recognition that no country can singlehandedly prevent maritime threats or sustainably develop its maritime domain. The charter calls on neighbouring states and partners to work together on training, education, business and industry.

Although 35 countries signed the Lomé Charter, only two have ratified it. To encourage ratification, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the African Union Commission are running a series of regional seminars. Speakers will highlight the substantial economic and development benefits to Africa of vibrant fishing, shipbuilding, tourism and trading industries.

The first event was organised on 8 December 2020.

Chair: Timothy Walker, Maritime Project Leader and Senior Researcher, ISS

Keynote address: HE Stanislas Baba, Minister, Adviser on the Sea to the President of Togo, AU Champion on Maritime Affairs

Speakers : Amb Dr Namira Negm, Legal Counsel, African Union; HE Dr Maurice Kamga, Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea; Ibukun Jacob Adewumi, Director of Programmes and International Partnership, Africa Marine Environment Sustainability Initiative, Nigeria; Prof Edwin Egede, Professor of International Law and International Relations, Cardiff University

Listening the whole conference (Speeches in English and French)

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