7 - 8 JUNE 2018

  • Day 1
  • Day 2



14:00 – 14:30 | Registration 

14:30 – 18:00 | The Blue Economy & Africa, A Symposium of the Murdoch University Third Commission 

18:00– 19:30: Cocktail reception sponsored by the Murdoch University, Australia 


DAY 2: FRIDAY 8th JUNE 2018

8:00 – 9:00 | Registration and welcome coffee 

9:00 – 9:05 | Welcome Remarks

   Mrs Leila Ben Hassen, Founder & CEO, Blue Jay Communication

9:05 – 9:15 | Opening Address

   Mr Paul Holthus, Founder & CEO, World Ocean Council

9:15 – 10:15 | Blue Talk

– Mr Yonov Frederick Agah, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation

Mr Paul Holthus, Founder & CEO, World Ocean Council

– Mr David Luke, Coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) 

Moderator: Mr Mark Eddo, International Journalist, Managing Director, Mark Eddo Media

10:15 – 11:15 | 1st panel discussion – Governments panel: mainstreaming the Blue Economy into national and regional development plans

The blue economy concept has gained momentum over the last decade and made its way into key African development and policy materials such as Africa’s Agenda 2063. Some countries such as the Seychelles and Kenya are championing this new approach by establishing a line ministry or department for blue economy, paving the way for others to join their efforts to strengthen blue growth across the continent. 

– HE Vincent Meriton, Vice-President of the Republic of Seychelles, Responsible for Information, Blue Economy, Investment and Industry, Information Communication Technology, Disaster Risk Management, Civil Society and Religious Affairs, and the Inner and Outer Islands (video message)

– HE Stanislas Baba, Minister-Counsellor to the President of the Togolese Republic

– HE Derick Ally, High Commissioner to the UK, Republic of Seychelles

– Mrs Grace Cerere, Ag. High Commissioner to the UK, Republic of Kenya

– Mr Khemraj Jingree, Deputy High Commissioner to the UK, Republic of Mauritius

Moderator: Joshua Brien, Special Counsel, Cooley LLP

11:15 – 11:30 | Networking break 

11:30 – 12:30 | 2nd panel discussion: Climate Change & Ocean Governance

The global ocean is under tremendous pressure due to the growing demand for marine resources and increasing threats from changing climate. The reality of this situation highlights the need to put in place appropriate governance frameworks that can address issues of sustainability and promote sustainable resource use.

Dr Nicholas Hardman-Mountford, Head of Oceans and Natural Resources, Commonwealth Secretariat

– Mr Rassim Hariz, Business Development Manager, Offshore Renewables & Grid Access Solutions, Siemens

– Mr Paul Holthus, Founder & CEO, World Ocean Council

– Mr William Stephens, Conservation Programme Director, Blue Ventures Conservation

Moderator: Mr Leo Horn-Phathanothai, Director for International Cooperation, World Resources Institute

12:30 – 13:30 | 3rd panel discussion: Blue Economy & Ocean financing

– Mr Miguel Marques, Partner, leader of the PwC Economy of the Sea project

– Dr Essam Mohammed, Principal Researcher, Ocean and Fisheries Economics, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

– Mr Gregor Paterson-Jones, Independent Board and IC Member UNCDF, EC, Mergence, Dolma

– Mr Kevin Chika Urama, Senior Policy Advisor to the President on Inclusive & Green Growth, African Development Bank (AfDB)

Moderator: Mr Christopher Marks, Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets, EMEA, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) 

13:30 – 14:30 | Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 | 4th panel discussion: Policy & security: Protecting Africa’s seas and oceans

Maritime security has become a priority for most of Africa’s regional communities since the early 2000s with threats ranging from piracy, armed robbery, human and drug trafficking to dumping of waste and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Stronger policies and cross-regional collaboration is required to tackle these challenges efficiently. 

– Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, Senior Fellow, One Earth Future Foundation/ Oceans Beyond Piracy

– Mr Phillip Cable, CEO, MAST Security

– Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Chairman, Sea Shepherd Australia

Ms Marta Marrero, Global Oceans Policy Director, The Nature Conservancy

– Prof Lee White, National Parks Authority (ANPN), Gabon

Moderator: Mr Maximilian Jarrett, Founder Abudenta Divina (Media) Ltd, & Special Adviser, Africa Progress Group (chaired by President Olusegun Obasanjo) 

15:30 – 16:30 | 5th panel discussion: Fishery & Aquaculture: Boosting job creation, training, technology and opportunities for African youth

According to the FAO, employment in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors has grown faster than the world’s population and faster than employment in traditional agriculture. Fishing harbours, landing sites and associated processing facilities provide significant employment and economic benefits to countries and local coastal communities. In Africa, the scope for sustainable aquaculture growth in Africa is immense and key to reducing extreme poverty, building resilient communities, and fostering strong economies. 

Mrs Jacqueline Alder, FISHCODE Manager, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO

– Dr Hamady Diop, Head of the Natural Resources Governance – Food Security and Nutrition Programme, NEPAD Agency

– Mr Christian Neumann, Programme Leader Ecosystems, Economies and Sustainable Development, GRID-Arendal

– Dr Jeremy Prince, Fisheries Assessment and Management expert, Biospherics Pty Ltd and Murdoch University, Australia

Moderator: Mrs Nadia Mensah Acogny, Co-Founder of Acosphere & Journalist at Forbes Afrique

16:30 – 16:45 | Closing remarks

   Mr Mark Eddo, International Journalist, Managing Director, Mark Eddo Media

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