There is growing recognition that achieving a more integrated and sustainable blue economy requires effective partnerships with the private sector.
The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy has emphasised that ‘enduring sustainability can only be achieved if best practices are applied in both the public and private sectors, and where productive partnerships between the two are encouraged and advanced’.
The imperative to establish partnerships with the private sector is also reflected in African regional frameworks, policy forums and initiatives, including the African Union Blue Economy Strategy. This growing recognition of the importance of the private sector has ignited interest in the role of financing and innovation to drive a sustainable blue economy in Africa.
Join us as we commemorate the Africa Day of Seas and Oceans this year with a discussion on this topic.
Facilitator: Simone Phoré, SAIIA
Opening remarks: Bernice McClean, AUDA-NEPAD
- Alex Benkenstein, SAIIA
- Ibukun Adewumi, Global Oceans Accounts Partnership
- James Spurgeon, Sustain Value
- Kaisi Kabenga, Tanzania National Business Council