AU Commission Chair to attend summit on Maritime Security


African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to arrive in Lomé, Togo, where she would be attending the African Union’s Extraordinary Summit on Maritime Security, Safety and Development in Africa.

The summit is scheduled to take place from 11-15 October 2016.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma confirmed her attendance to the summit during her recent meeting with the President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Faure Gnassingbé was on a two-day official visit in Ethiopia, where, together with Dr Dlamini-Zuma discussed the state of preparations for the Extraordinary Summit.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma said they are looking forward to the summit, adding that the sea is a huge resource for Africa.
“We’re very excited to have the Charter in Lomé, which will guide Africa in dealing with maritime issues. The world is looking at the sea as the next economic frontier and so, Africa cannot afford to lag behind,” Dr Dlamini-Zuma said during her meeting with President Gnassingbé.

The summit is expected to adopt an African Maritime Security Charter. The Heads of State and government will take the discussions beyond security to include issues of fishing, transport, mining, and tourism, which can help boost job creation and employment for African countries.