The Africa Maritime Cabotage and Blue Economy Conference (AMCBEC 2023) is collaboratively planned and co-hosted by The Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping and the Government of Kenya. Under the theme: Unlocking the AfCFTA potential by rethinking Maritime Cabotage and Blue Economy for improved connectivity, AMCBEC 2023 is scheduled for 8 – 10 November 2023 in Mombasa, Kenya, the gate way city of East Africa.
The Conference focus is to reflect and advance objectives of;
Strengthening relations among African ports with a view to promoting regional cooperation and subsequently Africa regional integration under the objectives of Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) and Pan-African Association for Ports Co-operation (PAPC).
Advocating for the creation of a favorable commercial, trade and investment environment that support enterprise expansion under the objectives of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
African Maritime Transport Charter (2010): ‘State Parties shall promote Cabotage and effective participation of private sector operators at national, regional and continental levels. The establishment of national and regional maritime Cabotage shipping lines should be encouraged in order to promote Intra- African trade and facilitate the economic and socio-economic integration of the continent’.
African Union Agenda 2063: ‘The Africa We Want’:
Goal 6 : Blue/Ocean Economy for accelerated economy growth. The priority areas under goal (6) are Marine resources and energy, port operations and marine transport and the sustaniable natural resource management and biodiverisity conservation.
The AfCFTA flagship project of African Union Agenda 2063: AfCFTA objective is to significantly boost intra-Africa trade, particularly trade in value-added production and trade across all sectors of Africa’s economy.
The Abuja Treaty and the African Union Constitutive Act – 2008 Protocol on Relations between the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the African Union.
UN SDG 14 (Life below water)– To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
AIMS 2050: Integrated Maritime Tourism & Leisure Strategy for Africa, Integrated Maritime Human resources strategy for the continent, Hydrography, Oceanography & Meteorology and Improve Maritime Trade and Competitiveness.
Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), the expert pool behind AIMS 2050 commitment towards ‘establishment of cabotage and effective participation of private sector operators; the establishment of national and regional maritime cabotage shipping lines to promote Intra-African trade; and the facilitation of economic and socio-economic integration of the continent’.