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Ensuring Africa’s Maritime Security for Development: Sustainability and the Blue Economy

4 October 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

Chatham House, London


HE Mohammed Omar Arteh, Deputy Prime Minister, Republic of Somalia
Ambassador Joaquim Ferreira Marques, Special Representative for Maritime Security, Republic of Portugal; Coordinator of Portugal’s Presidency, G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea
Dr Essam Yassin Mohammed, Senior Economist and Programme Lead, Ocean and Fisheries Economics, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
Dr Kristín Gunnarsdóttir von Kistowski, Senior Advisor, Pew Charitable Trusts
Jessica Battle, Global Ocean Policy Manager, WWF International
Dr Cyrus Rustomjee, Senior Fellow, Global Economy Programme, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Managing Director, CETAWorld
Ian Urbina, Investigative Reporter, New York Times (via video link)
Chair: Bob Dewar CMG, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



On 15 October 2016, Togo will host the African Union Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on Maritime Security and Development in Africa. This summit aims to produce a roadmap with workable policy recommendations to encourage the emergence of a blue economy in Africa. The commitment of diverse stakeholders is required to ensure progress in the establishment of the sea as a key driver of development for the African continent.

At this seminar, the speakers will focus on the blue economy and how combating issues of maritime security, organised crime, IUU fishing, marine conservation and development planning can enable the maritime space to play a part in Africa’s economic development.  

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