African Maritime Domain Conference 2014


The programme may be downloaded by clicking on the link on the right of this page. 


Speakers include:

Cmdr K-D Ali (Ghana Armed Command & Staff College)

Mr F Bailet (UN Division on Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea)

Mr A Bamba (Abidjan Convention Secretariat)

Dr Gavin Bradshaw (NMMU)

Mr A Bresnahan (Vice-President, Ship Power Business Development at Wärtsilä)

Mr M Faku (Unical)

Prof L Hildebrand (World Maritime University and IOI)

Mr Paul Holthus (President of the World Ocean Council)

Dr Eric Khoza (GM: Transnet Academy)

Cpt H Koivisto (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences)

Mr Andre Kruger (Innovation Norway)

Cmdr Tsietsi Mokhele (CEO of SAMSA)

Mr Brian Molefe (GCE of Transnet)

Mr Tau Morwe (CEO of TNPA)

Mr Peter Myles (Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster)

Mr T Nakamura (UNEP)

Prof O Oyewole (Association of African Universities)

Dr A Ribbink on behalf of Dr S Earle (International Hope Spots)

Mr J Shiundu (IMO)

Ms Berny Snow (NMMU)

Prof G Xue (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)


Please note that you need to register, and your registration needs to be confirmed, for you to be able to attend.

Please also note that the organisers reserve the right to change the programme without prior notice.



Twenty years after the coming into effect of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the adoption of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government on 31 January 2014 was a huge milestone for the African Continent. “The overarching vision of the Strategy […] is to foster increased wealth creation from Africa’s oceans and seas […] by developing a sustainable thriving blue economy in a secure and environmentally sustainable manner”. To that end, the Strategy “provides a broad framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of the” African Maritime Domain (AMD), which require “innovative solutions and careful management systems to ensure its long-term sustainability […]”. However, the Strategy will not generate any benefit to the Continent without a suitable and complementary ocean policy instrument together with a proper and well-coordinated institutional mechanism for driving the implementation of the Strategy in the field of training, education, research and innovation. This conference will provide the forum for the expanded stakeholder integration and expert-driven deliberations necessary to achieve these goals.


The conference will contribute to the development of an African ocean policy instrument by serving as a milestone for targeted technical input towards an African Ocean Policy Summit to be held in mid-2015. The Conference will also aim at agreeing on an approach to undertake a research on the state of maritime training, education, research and innovation on the continent; reaching consensus on the process to implement the 2050 AIM Strategy in the field of training, education, research and innovation; and making concrete advances towards the establishment of a continental body to coordinate and drive the capacity development agenda in the field. The conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to strategize on how best to approach and coordinate issues related to maritime education, training, research and policy at a continental level whilst recognising the significance of developing human capacity as a key pillar of the 2050 AIM Strategy.

Target audience

Ocean and maritime governance, education, training and research practitioners (public sector, private sector and civil society), other ocean governance, education, training and research stakeholders (public sector, private sector and civil society), academics / researchers and postgraduate students.


The Strategy does not define the term “maritime domain”, which may be understood to refer to “all coastal and marine areas which are either within the territory of an African State or over which an African State may exercise its jurisdiction, that is (i) the coastal areas of the land territory; (ii) the internal waters; (iii) the archipelagic waters; (iv) the territorial seas; (v) the contiguous zones: (vi) the EEZs; and (vii) the continental shelves of all African coastal States”


Conference Secretariat
Tel: + 27 41 504 4035

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