Report Launch: Africa's Blue Economy - New Frontier of African Renaissance

 

Report Launch: The Blue Economy Policy Handbook for Africa

 

Background

Africa has vast lakes and an extensive ocean resource base. Thirty-eight of the fifty-four African States are coastal States with more than 90 percent of Africa’s imports and exports conducted by sea.

Maritime zones under Africa’s jurisdiction total about 13 million square kilometers including territorial seas and approximately 6.5 million square kilometers for the continental shelf. Freshwater and ocean fish make a vital contribution to the food and nutritional security of over 200 million Africans. If fully exploited and well managed, Africa’s blue economy can therefore constitute a major source of wealth and sustainable development for the continent.

The Blue Economy Policy Handbook for Africa provides a step-by-step guide on how to mainstream the Blue Economy into continental, sub-regional, and national policies, plans and practices. The report, produced by ECAs sub-regional Office in East Africa, is a timely contribution to helping the continent benefit from what the African Union call the "New Frontier of African Renaissance".

The event is open to all delegates. Time: 14h00-16h00, 3rd April 2016, CR6

For more information, please contact

Antonio M.A. Pedro apedro@uneca.org, Daya Bragante, dbragante@uneca.org

Didier Habimana, Communication Officer, dhabimana@uneca.org

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