Date: March 15, 2022 to March 16, 2022
Place: Eden Bleu Hotel, Seychelles, Seychelles -
Description of the event:
The Blue Economy
The blue economy is a very broad concept that encompasses all maritime activities and sectors, both traditional—like fisheries—and emerging—like blue biotechnology—, whether they are based in the marine environment (e.g. shipping, energy generation) or on land (e.g. coastal tourism, ports, land-based aquaculture). If compared to a national economy, the global blue economy would be the seventh-largest in the world, providing millions of direct jobs and generating significant revenues.
The potential of the
blue economy is huge. If put on a sustainable path, the blue economy can become
a font of actions and ideas creating innovation, protecting natural resources
and supporting a fast and lasting recovery from the pandemic.
Africa and Europe
The event results from a partnership between the European Union and this African country that has put the blue economy at the core of its development.
Both Africa and Europe have identified the blue economy as a key sector to develop their socio-economic aspirations and achieve the different goals of the 2030 Agenda, notably SDG 14 (Life below water).
This event will be in line with the principles of EU-Africa cooperation, as defined inter alia at the occasion of the forthcoming EU-African Union Summit. Those principles rely on addressing the needs of the African population not just in terms of food security but also on sustainable development and growing economic opportunities available to all.