It is recalled that the IGAD has established a five-year Blue Economy Strategy (2021-2025) and Implementation Plan aligned with Africa’s Blue Economy Strategy with the financial help of the EU. According to ENA, a pre-ministerial meeting was convened in Addis Ababa to validate the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Blue Economy Strategy.

The significance of oceans, lakes, and other water bodies in the national economic and social development environment is believed to be a major aspect in the blue economy strategy. As a result, the member states are collaborating to improve mutual benefits in tourism, fisheries development, maritime transportation, port use, and other ‘economic’ resources.

Muntaziyah M. Jimale, Director of the Office of National Maritime Coordination and Blue Economy at Somalia’s President Office, stated that her country is willing to share the sector’s resources. She reiterated Somalia’s desire to pool its resources with other member states, notably Ethiopia.


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