|The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi|
cooperate with sister countries and development bodies to advance Africa’s
prosperity through the safe and sustainable use of the continent’s vast sea and
The Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, made
this known in his speech at the first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference,
which ended in Nairobi on Wednesday.
blue economy initiative, said its growth was the most viable option for
Africa’s development in the wake of declining mineral and commodity
Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and Chairman of the
Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku
Peterside, stated, “As a country we are conscious of our responsibilities
and international obligations which have given rise to our endorsement and domestication
of key International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other important African
Union continental instruments.
protect our marine environment to ensure that our continent does not become
dumping ground for pollutants which can prevent exploration of ocean
mainstream the blue economy concept into its Economic Recovery and Growth Plan
(ERGP) to include formulation of a draft National Transport Policy, which
is awaiting approval of the Federal Executive Council.
him, will provide the platform to implement at the country level the framework
for the protection and sustainable exploitation of Africa’s maritime domain.
The government has also constituted a high-powered committee, coordinated by
the Federal Ministry of Transportation, to formulate and map out a roadmap to
align the Blue Economy regime with the country’s ERGP, Amaechi said.
placed on the Blue Economy Concept,” he said.
that Nigeria was fully committed to Africa’s drive to harness the vast
potentials of its maritime domain, saying the country “will continue to
cooperate with sister countries and developmental bodies to advance the
prosperity of the African continent.”
by African Heads of Government to develop comprehensive and coherent strategies
that address the Blue Economy, such as the African Integrated Maritime Strategy
2050 (AIMS 2050); African Maritime Transport Charter; 2016 African Charter on
Maritime Safety, Security and Development (Lome Charter); and “Agenda 2063”,
which Nigeria has signed on to.
November 26 to 28 in the Kenyan capital, had over 15,000 participants from
around the world. They gathered to discuss how to build a blue economy that
harnesses the potentials of oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives
of people, particularly those in developing countries.