Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS) scholar Dr. Assis Malaquias told an African Union (AU) maritime-affairs conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on April 19, 2012, that implementing a comprehensive maritime strategy across the continent is critical to achieving peace and prosperity.
Malaquias, the ACSS academic chair for defense economics and an expert on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, gave a keynote address at the start of the First Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Maritime-Related Affairs. Meeting attendees finalized the wording for the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy project, a long-term vision for how the continent can address oceanic challenges and opportunities. The strategy is expected to be adopted during the AU’s January 2013 Summit.
The integrated maritime strategy is expected to be an important first step for Africa to secure its coastal and marine waters from illegal fishing, trafficking, piracy, and cargo and oil shipment thievery, Malaquias said. The Africa Center is committed to the AU’s efforts in developing the 2050 AIM Strategy.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Africa Center is the pre-eminent U.S. Department of Defense institution for strategic security studies, research, and outreach in Africa. ACSS offers a range of academic symposiums, workshops, and programs throughout Africa, the United States, and Europe. Since 1999, more than 4,500 African and international leaders have participated in ACSS programs.
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