April 20, 2022
The African Natural Resources Center in collaboration with the Infrastructure and Urban Development Department of the African Development Bank Group (AFDB) brought together a range of stakeholders on 30 March to explore ways to integrate African ports more effectively into the blue economy.
Participants at the meeting—including representatives of the African Development Bank, the African Union Development Agency, governments, and regional bodies such as PMAESA, the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) —agreed on the pressing need to develop national strategies to harness the blue economy. There was also consensus that ports, as a locus of many blue economy activities, should be an integral part of such a strategy.
The blue economy approach promotes the sustainable use and management of marine and coastal spaces and resources for economic growth. The concept covers fisheries, aquaculture, maritime transport, tourism, and offshore energy, among other sectors.
On his part, PMAESA Secretary General, Col. Andre Ciseau said “The long-term and sustainable co-existence of all these activities heavily rely on a balanced relationship between economic, social, and environmental needs, without which its effectiveness and contributions to preserving the quality of the marine eco-system would be minimized.”