Africa’s prosperity is tied to its oceans and seas

In the wake of COVID-19, ratifying the Lomé Charter is key to boosting Africa’s economic prospects and maritime security.

A major strength of Africa’s 2016 Lomé Charter on maritime security and development is its recognition that no country can singlehandedly prevent maritime threats or sustainably develop its maritime domain. The charter calls on neighbouring states and partners to work together on training, education, business and industry.

Although 35 countries signed the Lomé Charter, only two have ratified it. To encourage ratification, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the African Union Commission are running a series of regional seminars. Speakers will highlight the substantial economic and development benefits to Africa of vibrant fishing, shipbuilding, tourism and trading industries.

This event is co-hosted by the ISS and the African Union Commission.

Simultaneous French interpretation will be provided for this seminar.

Chair: Timothy Walker, Maritime Project Leader and Senior Researcher, ISS

Keynote address: HE Stanislas Baba, Minister, Adviser on the Sea to the President of Togo, AU Champion on Maritime Affairs


Amb Dr Namira Negm, Legal Counsel, African Union

HE Dr Maurice Kamga, Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Ibukun Jacob Adewumi, Director of Programmes and International Partnership, Africa Marine Environment Sustainability Initiative, Nigeria

Prof Edwin Egede, Professor of International Law and International Relations, Cardiff University

Development partners
This seminar is funded by government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.
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