Chairman of Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside has called on developed nations and
corporate bodies to support Africa and other developing nations to build
capacity and regulatory enforcement needed to maximize benefits of ocean
Dakuku who made the call in Oslo, Norway at the
commencement of the world renowned Nor Shipping Conference & Exhibition,
holding June 4th – 7th, 2019, noted that Ocean industries would be contributing
to Sustainable development goals only when both developing and developed
nations benefit in a sustainable manner.
The High level ocean leadership meeting which was
organized by United Nations Global Compact and the Norwegian government at the
residence of the Prime Minister of Norway, as part of activities to mark the
2019 edition of “NOR SHIPPING” engagements had in attendance the Minister of
trade of Norway Mr Torbjorn Roe Isaksen , CEO of UN Global compact Ms
Lise Kingo, Secretary General of International Maritime Organization Mr KiTack
Lim, Secretary General of International Seabed Authority Mr Micheal Lodge, Vice
President of Seychelles and CEO of several Multinational organizations.
of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) further
pointed out that 38 of Africa’s 54 nations are either coastal or island states
and therefore are faced with the same challenges as other coastal states
globally, such as pollution, climate change, poor ocean governance , overfishing,
insecurity and marine litter amongst others.
island states need partnerships in two principal areas of building up their
regulatory enforcement capacity and developing amongst them the skills and
technology needed to tap into the ocean economy in a sustainable manner.
companies in offshore exploration and other ocean economic activities to apply
the same operating and environmental standards across the globe and not have
two different standards, one for developed nations and another for developing
ensure no one is left behind in our collective quest for clean and sustainable
ocean that support economic prosperity. Responsible ocean governance and
economic opportunities are not mutually exclusive but complementary.”
ocean opportunities which is a report of the UN GLOBAL COMPACT as well as the
UN Global compact sustainable ocean principles that will be unveiled in
September this year at New York.
specific mandate to work with and inspire companies of all sizes and from all
regions and industries to act responsibly and find opportunities to advance
businesses around the world were taking an interest in ocean sustainability