African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on October 13 2016, challenged AU Foreign Ministers to invest and explore the oceans, seas and waterways to create jobs and wealth for the benefit of the citizens.
Calling for a transformation to reverse the trend were “90% of Africa’s import and export are by sea, yet less than 2% of ships globally are owned by Africans, and not more than 1% of Africans are seafarers,” Dr Zuma proposed the training of young women and men in various sectors of the maritime industry.
“Such a transformation will require greater involvement and opening up of opportunities for women so as to realize the objectives of Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want,” she added.
The Foreign Ministers were meeting to collectively push forward Africa’s agenda on blue economy and maritime security in the context of Agenda 2063 and the African Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIM 2050) Strategy.
The economic value of the Blue Economy for Africa is estimated at over one trillion US Dollars, with hundreds of thousands of job opportunities for young African women and men
The Executive Council Session recommend the Draft African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development for adoption by African Heads of State and Government at the October 15 2016 Summit.