The Nigerian government has called on developed nations and corporate bodies to support Africa and other developing countries to build capacity and regulatory enforcement that are needed to maximize the benefits of an ocean economy.
The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime administrations and Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made the call in Norway at the inauguration of the world famous Nor Shipping Conference & Exhibition.
Peterside added that ocean industries would only contribute to sustainable development goals when developing and developed nations benefit in a sustainable way.
As part of events to mark the 2019 edition of “Nor Shipping” engagements, the high-level ocean leadership meeting was organized by United Nations Global Compact and the Norwegian government
Peterside further pointed out that 38 of Africa’s 54 nations are either coastal or island states and are faced with the same challenges as other coastal states globally, such as poor ocean governance, overfishing, insecurity, pollution, climate change and marine litter amongst others.
Therefore, he particularly advocated that developing and small island states need partnerships in two principal areas of building up their regulatory enforcement capacity. Also, developing amongst the technology and skills needed to tap into the ocean economy in a sustainable manner.
The president challenged the private sector companies in offshore exploration, and other ocean economic activities to apply the same operating and environmental standards across the globe and not have two different standards, one for developed nations and another for developing nations.
Peterside recently stressed the need for greater collaboration to ensure the blue economy becomes the mainstay of the Nigerian economy.
“The blue economy is one critical sector that will create employment for our people, contribute to economic growth, and give opportunities to all our people, whether they be men or women.