Africa-Press – Angola. The Secretary of State for Fisheries highlighted, Friday (27), in Luanda, the support to economic operators in obtaining financing, establishing contracts for the purchase and sale of national production and specialization of young people in the sector’s value chain, among the objectives of the National Strategy for the Sea of Angola (ENMA).
Esperança da Costa, was speaking at the opening of the cycle of seminars for public consultation of the Action Plan prepared by a Multisectoral Commission led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries under Presidential Decree 147/19 of 12 August, published to promote the progressive increase in social welfare, employment and national wealth, enhancing the blue economy within a framework of sustainable development.
In addition to Agriculture and Fisheries, the Multisectoral Commission is made up of the ministries of National Defense and Veterans of the Homeland; Interior, External Relations; Economics and Planning; Justice and Human Rights; Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas; Culture, Tourism and Environment; Public Works and Territorial Planning; Energy and Water, Transport; Telecommunications, Information and Social Communication Technologies; Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation; as well as Youth and Sports.
The scope of sustainable development, according to the Secretary of State, can only be achieved with the determination of youth, through the domain of scientific and technological knowledge, with a view to making Angola a maritime reference from a geostrategic point of view, which is why the ENMA.
Esperança da Costa recalled that the African continent has a total of 48,000 kilometers of coastline and more than 200 million people find sustenance in fishing, when the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the Africa 2050 Integrated Maritime Strategy estimate that marine resources generate about 296 billion dollars and 49 million jobs.
According to the African Union projections cited by the Secretary of State, these figures are expected to rise to US$405 billion and 57 million jobs.
It was in consideration of the relevance and maritime dimension of Angola in the socio-economic context and in the geostrategic framework, that the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, determined the elaboration of the ENMA and the respective Action Plan, said the official.
Climate change, unregulated exploitation of natural resources, water acidification, decline in biodiversity and loss of habitat for certain species are some of the threats to the resilience of the oceans pointed out by the Secretary of State for Fisheries.
The strengthening of maritime surveillance and security mechanisms, institutional partnerships at regional and international level, ratification or adhesion to all regional, continental and international legal instruments, articulation and increase of cooperation at the scientific and technological level in the regional and international framework are some of the strategic objectives contained in ENMA 2030, with a view to strengthening Angola’s role in the regional and international context in maritime policies.
Luanda hosted, from Tuesday to Thursday, the 5th Meeting of Ministers for Sea Affairs of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, where the Member States committed to collaborate in the search for regional and intercontinental funding, with a view to carrying out joint actions for ocean preservation and sustainable development.