Experts and plenipotentiaries meeting
African Union Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security and Safety and Development in Africa
The aim of the Lomé Conference is to make maritime space the key driver of Africa's economic and social development.
The Heads of State and Government of the 54 countries in the African Union will meet in Lomé on 15 October 2016, with experts and leaders from the business world, in order to establish a roadmap on Maritime Security in Africa. This special session will build on the results of the summits held in Yaoundé (June 2013) and the Seychelles (February 2015), in order to put in place an African strategy for the protection of its seas and oceans, to provide peace, security and stability, and to make African maritime space the key driver for sustainable economic development.
More than 30 African countries adopted a binding charter on maritime security and safety in Lomé on Saturday. Initiated by Togo, this text was approved at an extraordinary summit of the African Union.
At the end of the meeting, the decision was welcomed by the presidents of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Republic of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, and Chad, Idriss Déby Itno, who is also Chairman of the AU.
The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, and his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Robert Dussey, were obviously delighted. For the last two years, they have been wholeheartedly committed to achieving this outcome.
The charter proposes coordinated action between the countries of Africa to combat piracy and trafficking in drugs, arms and human beings on the continent’s shores.
The document will be incorporated into the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy, which was adopted in 2012.
With a total of 13 million km2 of maritime economic zones and 17% of global freshwater resources, Africa must see this wealth as an opportunity for sustainable development, according to the president of Kenya.
Of the 54 countries in Africa, 38 are coastal states.
90% of imports and exports are carried by sea and a significant number of the most strategic commercial shipping lanes lie within African maritime space, in his view.
Of the 54 countries in the AU, 43 attended the Lomé summit, 17 of which were represented by their head of state.
This extraordinary summit is a diplomatic victory for Togo. The conference – the first large-scale conference for 30 years – was conducted in exemplary fashion and went off without a hitch.
Togo is delighted to host the African Union extraordinary summit on maritime security and safety and development in Africa in Lomé this Saturday.
For Africa as a whole, the date of 15 October 2016 will mark a major milestone in its march towards the fulfilment of its destiny. The aim of this summit, which brings together heads of state and government, is to consider the ways and means of creating the best possible conditions of safety and security on the seas and oceans of Africa, to ensure profitable exploration and exploitation of these spaces for our peoples ...
The African Union (AU) extraordinary summit on maritime security opened in Lomé on Saturday.
The 17 heads of state in attendance took their places alongside vice-presidents and government leaders in a huge marquee that served as a conference centre.
The President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé, summarised the new threats the continent faces; maritime piracy and criminal organisations. He advocated coordinated and concerted action to combat these scourges.
The charter on maritime safety that was discussed during the morning and adopted in the afternoon is a roadmap, an instrument of cooperation to make oceans an area of peace and joint prosperity, said the head of state ...
On the eve of his participation in the Lomé Summit, Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, officially launched a project led by the European Union and Denmark, aimed at developing an inter-regional network for maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoGIN).
The GoGIN project, co-financed by the European Union (EU) and Denmark, contributing €7.5 million and €1.8 million respectively, will support the networking and sharing of information between national maritime security mechanisms and regional coordination platforms set up in the countries of the Gulf of Guinea ...