25.04.2014 - Natural Sciences Sector

African Maritime Action Plan Adopted

The 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Summit ended at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the adoption of key decisions by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government. Among other things, the Assembly adopted the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy plan of Action Plan. It also retained the 2015-2025 decade as the Decade of African Seas and Oceans, and the date of 25 July as the African Day of Seas and Oceans.

The assembly invited regional economic communities and regional mechanisms to develop and adopt a regional strategy against piracy, armed robbery and other illegal activities committed at sea, consistent with the 2050 AIM Strategy.

In developing the AIM Strategy, the AU recognized that Africa’s maritime domain has vast potential for wealth creation and that AU Member States have common maritime challenges, opportunities and significant responsibilities for generating the desirable political will for implementing the strategy.

The Assembly also called on Member States that have not yet done so to become parties to all relevant international instruments including the Revised Charter on Maritime Transport. It also urged the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, the International Seabed Authority and the Chairperson of the AU Commission to support efforts to mobilize the necessary resources for the implementation of the Decision.

In the maritime domain of Africa, the wide variety of related activities are inter-related to some extent, and all have a potential impact on the prosperity derivative through their contributions to social, economic and political stability, and safety and security. Notably, therefore, the approach to regulation and management of maritime issues and resources cannot be confined to a few select sectors or industries.

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