28 December 2012

Ethiopia: African Union Welcomes Adoption of Integrated Maritime Strategy

The African Union Commission (AUC) has praised Ethiopia for its recent adoption of the 2050 Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy).

Ethiopia adopted the AIM Strategy during the 2nd Conference of African Ministers in charge of Maritime-related Affairs that took place on December 6th at the Commission's Headquarters in Addis Ababa.

The AUC in a statement sent to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged that Ethiopia's adoption of the Strategy was the beginning of a long journey to improved global security and enhanced wealth creation.

It said the 2050 AIM Strategy would have a significant role in the sustainable wealth exploitation of Africa's Maritime Domain for the benefit of all African peoples and for the global community. The statement said the 2050 AIM Strategy was a journey towards a shared vision "which can only be accomplished with the usual clearly expressed full support of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia".

The Commission expressed its readiness to forward the approved 2050 AIM Strategy and the Addis Ababa Declaration on the 2050 AIM Strategy to the AU Permanent Representative Committee and the Executive Council. The Commission has already launched an interactive dialogue page about the process (www.au.int/maritime).

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