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Ensuring Africa's Maritime Security for Development: Aims and Impact of the Lomé Summit

22 March 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London


HE Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, Republic of Togo
Chair: Bob Dewar, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea is threatened by complex and interlinked criminal networks and activity including piracy and armed robbery at sea, illegal fishing, oil theft and the smuggling of illicit goods. The African Union (AU) has identified the continent’s maritime domain as a key driver of economic growth and social development, but the implementation of the AU’s Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy by 2050 relies on sustained prioritization and strong coordination by national governments.

Togo has only 35 miles of coastline, but has been at the forefront of ensuring West African states’ collaboration to combat maritime insecurity. Ahead of the October 2016 AU Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on Maritime Security and Development in Africa, which will take place in Lomé, Togo Foreign Minister Professor Robert Dussey will discuss how to ensure Africa’s maritime security for development.

This meeting will be held in French with consecutive translation.