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Africa commits to transformative actions for sustainable blue economy September 10,2019   |  Source: My Joy Online

African countries have committed to enhance the development of blue economy as the engine of growth, as it has the potential of driving industrialisation, alleviating poverty, increasing food security and creating job opportunities.

During a blue economy side event held at the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), African government representatives agreed that countries stand to reap maximum benefits from utilizing seas, oceans, lakes, rivers and other water resources for sustainable socio-economic development. “We believe that blue economy is the new frontier for Africa’s renaissance”, said Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ms. Monica Juma.

Several African countries are already formulating strategies to mainstream blue economy in their national development plans and the concept is gaining traction across the continent. Three countries, South Africa, Mauritius and Seychelles, are leading African initiatives, implementing national blue economy strategies, achieving early success and generating several good practices that can be emulated in other African countries. Several other countries, including Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana are also taking steps to develop their blue economy. “We are working actively with the African Union

Theme(s): Others, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Landing Centres.

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