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Africa Blue Economy: Oceans and Coastal Resilience
Africa Blue Economy: Oceans and Coastal Resilience
November 17, 2016Marrakech, Morocco

The event brings countries and development partners together to discuss resilience and adaptation in the blue economy, emphasizing progress made since the launch of the Africa Climate Business Plan at COP21, and the ways to accelerate implementation.

Facilitator: Benoit Bosquet, Practice Manager Environment and Natural Resources GP World Bank

Opening Remarks

  • Ms. Laura Tuck, Vice President for Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • H.E. Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union

Keynote Speeches

  • H.E. Mr. Ibrahima Dieme, Commissioner for Food Security, Agriculture, Mining and Environment, WAEMU
  • H.E. Ms. Ségolène Royal, Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine Aairs, France


  • Experiences in mobilizing nance to develop the Blue Economy
    H.E. Mr. Didier Dogley, Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles
  • The importance of coastal resilience for the Blue Economy
    H.E. Mr. Andre Johnson, Minister of Environment of Togo
  • Assessing the potential for sustainable Blue Economy: The case of Republic of Mauritius
    Dr. Raaello Cervigni, Lead Environmental Economist, The World Bank

Panel Discussion

  • H.E. Mr. Oumar Gueye, Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy - Senegal
  • Prof. Micheni Japhet Ntiba - Principal Secretary, State Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Blue Economy – Kenya
  • Mr. Ali Mohamed Soilihi, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Aairs - Union of the Comoros
  • Mr. Abou Bamba, Executive Secretary of the Abidjan Convention
  • Mr. Pasi Hellman, Managing Director, Nordic Development Fund (NDF)

Exchange with Audience

  • DATE: Thursday, 17th November 2016
  • TIME: 12:00pm – 1:30pm WET
  • PLACE: Marrakech, Morocco, COP22, Salle 1 in the Africa Pavilion


The World Bank and the Blue Economy in Africa

Aquatic resources such as fish, coral reefs, seaweed, minerals, oil and gas, the services they provide, and resilient coasts are assets that can be sustainably exploited for the benefit of current and future generations.