LUANDA– Angola wants African countries to develop complementary maritime strategies at the national, regional and continental levels for maritime security, risk prevention, threat identification, the definition of co-ordinated responses and legal accountability.
This was stated here Monday by Angolan Foreign Minister Manuel Augusto when he opened the first postgraduate course in Law of the Sea, designed to train Angolan officials on issues related to the maritime domain from the economic, legal, political, technological and security aspects, among others.
According to the Minister, Angola is also calling for effective co-operation, the sharing of information and an adequate and pragmatic distribution of resources by African maritime authorities in this regard.
He considers maritime security as essential for the preservation of the peace, stability and development of the Blue Economy for the coastal nations, especially those in the Gulf of Guinea sub-region.
He said that the African integrated maritime strategy recognized the potential of the maritime sector to promote socio-economic development, boost trade and improve the living conditions of more than 700 million people on the continent.
However, he acknowledged that piracy had emerged as a threat to maritime security, undermining both economic gains and peace and stability in Africa and the world.
He deplored the fact that the maritime space of West and Central Africa, as one of the catalysts of trade and development of the continent’s economies, was confronted with a situation of insecurity and increased crime, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK