Africa-Press – Angola. The search for available sources of financing in regional and international development banks, among other financial institutions, and the implementation of transition projects for the Blue Economy are some of the main recommendations of the 5th Meeting of Ministers of Sea Affairs of the Community of Countries of Portuguese Language (CPLP), held from Tuesday to Thursday (25), in Luanda.
In the deliberations of the minutes signed by the ministers and representatives of the nine Member States, there is also the implementation of programs with a view to achieving the 14th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).
Under the motto “Mobilizing partnerships and investments for the sustainable development of the seas of the CPLP Member States: challenges and opportunities”, the meeting took place in Luanda, under the aegis of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Angola, within the framework of the rotating presidency in the organization .
Member States were unanimous in attributing importance to hydrography in sustainable development and the need to strengthen multilateral cooperation so that countries can maximize the potential of natural resources found in the ocean, through services that allow their wide use in safety.
Angola’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, António de Assis, considered the sea “a pillar for sustainability” and that the sharing of knowledge is essential for the development of the Blue Economy, based on the elimination of illicit practices, such as the smuggling of drugs, human beings, piracy and unregulated fishing.
The fact that all CPLP member states have maritime territories that add potential for essential strategic resources for development, he stressed, constitutes a presupposition of the need for a joint political strategy. In the case of Angola, it revealed that the elaboration of the National Strategy for the Sea of Angola (ENMA) is under way.
“Aquaculture, shipbuilding, tourism, water sports, the development of renewable energies, exploitation of mineral and biological resources, the development of marine science and technologies must be stimulated with the involvement of the private sector, with a view to creating sustainable business and jobs”, he defended.
The organization announced the preparation of the 1st CPLP Hydrography Conference, to be held from 4 to 8 July, in Lisbon, as well as the United Nations Ocean Conference, also taking place in the Portuguese capital, from 27 June to 1 July.