The African Union (AU) on Saturday launched the 2015-2025 Decade of African Seas and Oceans to explore the full potential of maritime sources.

African Union headquarters
African Union headquarters
In a two-day event themed”Harnessing the Blue economy in achieving the AU Agenda 2063,” AU members have also held the inaugural meeting of the AU Strategic Task Force on the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM-Strategy) adopted by AU leaders in 2014 to take the advantage of the blue economy.

The event also aimed to raising awareness about the necessity to celebrate the Africa Day of Seas and Oceans both at National and Continental levels.

Africa’s seas and oceans represent today major assets to accelerate the development of African economies, says AU.

Stating that 90 percent of Africa’s imports and exports are conducted by sea, the pan-African bloc emphasizes the need for the continent to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Blue economy.

Over the last few days in the lead up to the launch of the decade of African seas and oceans, a number of meetings were held ranging from the meeting of AU strategic taskforce on AIM 2050 Strategy including AU member states, the regional economic communities (RECs), and the AU Commission.

The meetings culminated later Friday in a panel discussion which brought participants together to look at the diversity of issues that affect the blue economy and seas and oceans in Africa.

They deliberated on how to utilize and protect the environment, the impact of climate change, the utilization of sea-based resources.

The two-day event took place ahead of the AU extraordinary maritime summit scheduled to take place in Lome, Togo in November this year. Enditem

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