Press release

Natural Resources Minister Calls for Africa to Embrace the Blue Economy

April 26, 2013

Minister Peter SInon has called upon a gathering of African Ministers to promote the concept of the Blue Economy and to maximize the potential of Africa’s raw material wealth.

The Minister for Natural Resources and Industry was speaking at the 6th Conference of African Ministers in Charge of Integration (COMAI VI) held last week in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Minister Sinon called on his counterparts to promote the socio-economic transformation of Africa by working together to add value and transform resources to higher value export products.

The conference, themed ‘Governance of Integration: How Africans can better their own integration’, was an event jointly organized by the African Union Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of the Republic of Mauritius. The gathering was tasked with deliberating on the ways and means of which the participants could better implement the principals of integration as outlined in the African Union Constitutive Act and the Abuja Treaty of 1991.

This year the conference took special note of the diversity within the member states and specifically the specificities of Small Island States, with emphasis on identifying viable ways for their successful rapid integration. One emerging proposal was for the African Union Commission to convene a consultative reunion on the Blue Economy as a complimenting addition to the development of Africa’s Green Economy.

The Ambassador for Madagascar, Comoros and Mauritius, Mr. Callixte D’Offay, who is also the Conseiller Diplomatique to President James Michel, accompanied Minister Sinon.