Blue Economy: World Ocean Council to focus on North Africa

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Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has stated that it will organize a special session on regional maritime business collaboration, with a focus on North Africa and the Mediterranean at the second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) slated for June 25-26, in Tunis, Tunisia.

The WOC made this known in a press statement made available to PortNews in Lagos, Nigeria, saying its session at ABEF will advance regional maritime industry leadership, collaboration and action for a sustainable Mediterranean.

According to the statement, ‘’The WOC session will explore the development of regional, cross-sectoral industry interaction to address the sustainable development challenges of North Africa’s waters and the wider Mediterranean. The session will bring together representatives of fisheries, aquaculture, cruise tourism, oil and gas, ports and other sectors active in the Mediterranean. Prospective speakers are invited to contact the WOC

‘’The session’s process and outputs will provide valuable experience and information on the development of ocean business leadership collaboration groups for other regions of Africa, e.g. Gulf of Guinea, East Africa, Red Sea.’’

Overall, the ABEF will again gather business leaders, investors, innovators, government and civil society from across the globe to advance the sustainable Blue Economy in Africa.

As the ABEF Strategic Ocean Partner,

The World Ocean Council noted that as a strategic partner for the forum, is working to ensure wide participation from the diverse global WOC ocean business and investment community network.

The ABEF 2019 will especially focus on investment opportunities and emerging industries within Africa’s ocean economy, building strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors and promoting sustainable best practices.

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