Theme: Unlocking the full potentials of Africa's blue economy

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Venue: Svalbard, Hall A2, Norway Trade Fairs, Messeveien 8, 2004 Lillestrøm



08.00 - 08.30

Arrivals and registration

08.30 - 09.00

All delegates are seated

09.00 - 11.00

Opening Session

Sub-themes: 1. Affirming high-level commitment for the development of Africa’s blue economy, 2. Identifying the key challenges facing Africa’s blue economy, 3. Setting the right priorities for the future development of Africa’s blue economy, 4. Ensuring continuity for high-level initiatives related to Africa’s blue economy.

09.00 - 09.05

Opening remarks by the Moderator – Mrs. Natalie Becker-Aakervik (Norwegian-African TV and Radio presenter)

09.05 - 09.15

Official opening of the Africa conference by the host: H.E. Ine Eriksen Soreide, Norway’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Government of Norway

09.15 - 09.25

Presentation of main outcomes of SBEC 2018 by Mrs. Nancy W. Karigithu CBS, Principal Secretary, State Department for Maritime and Shipping (representing H.E. Mr. James Macharia, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Transport).

09.25 - 09.30

Goodwill Message from H.E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO (by pre-recorded video). Mr. Lim will be officially represented during the conference by Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, Acting Director, Technical Cooperation Division, (IMO)

09.30 - 09.35

Presentation of message of support for Africa’s Blue Economy by H.E. Vincent Emmanuel Angelin Meriton, Vice President of Seychelles

09.35 - 09.45

Keynote Address on behalf of the AUC Chairperson H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat presented by H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, AU commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture

09.45 - 10.30

Davos style panel session with H.E. Ine Eriksen Soreide, H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, H.E. Vincent Emmanuel Angelin Meriton, Mrs. Nancy W. Karigithu and Mr. Juvenal Shiundu on “the key issues in Africa’s Blue Economy and how to address them”.

10.30 - 11.00

Group photos/ Tea & Coffee break.

11.00 - 13.00

Creating an enabling framework for the development of Africa's Blue Economy - with lessons learnt from the Nairobi Sustainable Blue Economy Conference (SBEC) in November 2018

Sub-themes: 1. Reinforcing the implementation of policies, strategies and regulations pertaining to Africa’s blue economy, 2. Ensuring environmental and economic sustainability and improving maritime safety and security in Africa’s blue economy, 3. Promoting inclusion and gender balance in Africa’s blue economy.

11.00 - 11.05

Opening remarks by the Moderator Juvenal Shiundu, Acting Director, Technical Cooperation Division, (IMO)

11.05 - 11.50

Panel 1 – “Reinforcing the implementation of policies, strategies and regulations pertaining to Africa’s blue economy – perspectives from African Ministers, Maritime Regulators and the African Union Commission” – Speakers to include Dr. Dakuku Peterside (Chairperson Association of Africa’s Maritime Administrations & CEO Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency), H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Dr. Alsnosy Balbaa (Vice President for African & Asian Affairs, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport) and Mr. Fredrik Haag (IMO).

11.50 - 12.25

Panel 2 – “Ensuring environmental and economic sustainability and improving maritime safety and security in Africa’s blue economy” – Speakers to include: H.E. Osman Mohamed Abdi, Deputy Minister, Marine Transport & Ports of Somalia, Mr. Chris Trelawny (IMO), Ms. Olajobi Makinwa (UN Global Compact), Ms. Olufunmi Folorunso (Secretary General, Africa Shipowners Association), Mrs. Nancy W. Karigithu CBS (Principal Secretary, State Department for Maritime and Shipping, Ministry of Transport, Kenya) and Amb. Dr. Namira Negm (AU Legal Counsel).

12.25 - 13.00

Panel 3 – “Promoting inclusion, equity and gender balance in Africa’s blue economy” – Potential speakers to be drawn from: Ms Helen Buni (IMO Focal Point for Women in Maritime), Mrs Jean Anishere (President Africa Women in Maritime), Mrs. Veronica Waheti Nduati (Head, WOMESA Secretariat), Ms. Josephine Okoeguale (Consultant, Blue Economy).

13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 16.00

Session 3: The role of the private sector in the development of Africa's Blue Economy

Sub-themes: 1. Mobilizing the private sector to play a key role in the sustainable development of Africa’s blue economy, 2. Developing innovative financial instruments for financing blue economy projects and programs, 3. Developing Africa’s coastal infrastructure and tourism potential, 4. Spotlight on the development of the African Shipping Line.

14.00 - 14.05

Opening remarks by Eivind Fjeldstad, CEO, Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA)

14.05 - 14.45

Panel 1 – “Africa United – what does it mean for our industry?” – Speakers to include: Mr. Eivind Fjeldstad (Moderator); Mr. Taofik Adegbite, CEO Marine Platforms; Mr. Stanley R. K. Ahorlu, CEO, PM Docks Ghana & Representative of Pan-African Shipping Line; Ms. Agathe L’Homme, Head of Geopolitics, KPMG Norway; Ms. Jean Devlin, Partner, Control Risks.

14.45 - 15.15

Tea and Coffee break

14.15 - 15.55

Panel 2 – “What are the business opportunities in Africa and which financing mechanisms are available?” – The panel will focus on African efforts to strengthen knowledge and why you should invest in Africa’s blue economy. Speakers to include: Ms. Laura Peinke, Business Development Executive, Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (Moderator); Mr. Torbjorn Eide, Vice President, Klaveness Ship Management AS; Mr. Sobantu Tilayi, Acting CEO, South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); Mr. Babajide Sodipo, Senior Manager, Export Development, Africa Export Import Bank (Afreximbank); Mr. Conrad Benoiton, CEO, Seychelles Petroleum Company Limited (Seypec) and Ms. Ingela Ek, Senior Vice President, Export Credit Norway.


Closure of the Nor-Shipping Africa Conference


Departure of shuttle busses from the Nor-Shipping conference/exhibition venue to the venue of the Africa Evening reception

18.00 - 20.30

Nor-Shipping Africa Evening Reception

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The reception will be hosted by the Embassies of Morocco and South Africa in Norway and supported by OCP of Morocco.






09.00 - 10.30

Gender Mainstreaming and Seafaring: A Call For Collective Action

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Today, women represent only two percent of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers. To address the gender gap in the maritime, ports, fishing and related industries, “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” has been selected as the World Maritime Day (WMD) theme for 2019. The selection of this theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Within this historically male dominated industry, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been making concerted efforts to assist the industry move forward and support women to achieve a fair representation that is in keeping with the twenty-first century expectations.


IMO is strongly committed to assisting its Member States achieve the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5 “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” and SDG 14 “Life below water”.


Women are increasingly present at sea. Their full and meaningful participation in the economy, political decision-making and society is key to addressing maritime challenges. The maritime sector needs ‘all hands-on deck’, both male and female, if it is to take on the challenges of carrying the world’s goods in an efficient, safe, secure and clean manner.


Throughout 2019 there will be a strong emphasis in the maritime world on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks. Much of this is being driven by this year’s WMD theme, which has a very strong and far-reaching resonance globally. It provides an opportunity to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector, as well as the contributions they are already making in a wide range of maritime careers and professions.


During this special session, presentations will be made by expert panelists who will share their experiences and discuss and answer the following question: If you could make just one change to improve diversity in seafaring, what would that change be? The Panelists will also address specific questions, including on views on how to make meaningful progress, and subsequently engage in a moderated conversation. The audience will be provided with the opportunity to interact with the Panelists through the Moderator.


The intention of the session is to sensitize all stakeholders towards inclusion of women in maritime and make maritime more diverse. In an effort to build greater oceans and gender literacy and discover possible avenues to promote gender equality – which would reinforce the sustainable governance of the oceans.

Organized By

10.30 - 12.30

Nigerian Shipping and Maritime Business Forum

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Background: As Nigeria’s apex regulatory and promotional maritime agency, NIMASA has a strong incentive to present the country’s shipping and maritime sectors in the best possible light outside the Nation’s borders. Nor-Shipping is a bi-annual event that attracts key maritime industry players from across the world to Norway. It is therefore appropriate that Nigeria’s transport and maritime sectors were well represented during Nor-Shipping. A short seminar / side event organized by NIMASA to showcase relevant developments in the Nigerian shipping and maritime ecosystem is a step in the right direction.

Objectives of the event:

  1.  To present the most recent and relevant policy and regulatory developments within Nigeria’s transport, shipping and maritime sectors.
  2. To showcase business and investment opportunities in Nigeria’s transport, shipping and maritime sectors.
  3. To develop business contacts and to establish strong and sustainable relationships for NIMASA in the Nordic market.
  4. To invite a business delegation comprised of Norwegian business executives to visit Nigeria for fact-finding purposes and for direct meetings with their Nigerian counterparts.

Tentative Program


Tea & Coffee Served


Introduction by the Organizers


Opening Address by the representative of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigeria.


Presentation by – Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, DG/CEO, NIMASA.


Moderated Panel Discussion


Dr. Dakuku Peterside, DG/CEO, NIMASA.
Mr. Sokonte Davies, Executive Director Marine & Operations, Nigerian Ports Authority
Sen. Dr. Adeleke Mamora, MD/CEO, National Inland Waterways Authority
Sen. Ahmed Ogembe, Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport
Mr. Jens-Petter Kjemprud, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Abuja.


Mr. Adekola Oyenuga, Founder, AO Blue Economy & Energy Consulting


Audience Q&A


Closing Remarks


Lunch & Networking

Organized By



Contact: Adekola Oyenuga


The program during Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 will feature the following three key aspects:

The Africa Exhibition Pavilion

  • The Africa Exhibition Pavilion will provide a platform to showcase Africa’s leading entities and countries in the Ocean and Blue Economy (BE) sectors. The exhibition pavilion will open windows of opportunity for industry actors to identify, explore and strenghten collaborations between Africa and Norway/the Nordic region in the Ocean and BE sectors.
  • There is a total space of 100sqm allocated to the Africa Pavilion and this will be allotted to interested parties on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Exhibitors in the Africa pavilion during Nor-Shipping 2017 were: the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA); the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA); VTT Maritime and Bollore Logistics.
  • Information on how to book a stand in the Africa pavilion during is available via the following link:

The Africa@Nor-Shipping Conference

  • The Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 conference will provide an arena to match Norway’s ocean and BE expertise with the enormous growth potential and forward leaning business climate of the African continent in these areas.
  • The conference will cover insights from leading profiles across a span of segments and fields, and from various regions within the African continent. It will provide an excellent platform to explore current hot topics within the African and global maritime and ocean sectors, as well as in the energy industry.
  • The conference will also provide an arena for introducing the African Union’s Blue Economy strategy and for exploring areas of co-operation between the AU and Norway on the Blue Economy, in alignment with the strategic partnership agreement signed between the AU and Norway in 2015. [1]

The Africa@Nor-Shipping meeting spaces

  • The Africa@Nor-Shipping meeting spaces will facilitate meeting opportunities at the bilateral/inter-state and B2B levels. It will create an enabling environment for African delegations and companies to engage with Norwegian and other international actors from the public and private sectors, thereby opening for the joint identification and promotion of mutually beneficial collaborations.
  • The deliberate creation of spaces for bilateral meetings as part of the Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 program is motivated by the following considerations:
    1. Norway is rightfully viewed in many parts of the world to be a leader in the competence and know-how about how to sustainably develop and harness Ocean and BE resources for the benefit of current and future generations. This competence will be beneficial to the recently established BE division of the AU and to other AU member states that wish to establish similar divisions/units;
    2. Norway, along with the EFTA States of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland signed a Joint Declaration on Cooperation with Nigeria in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 12, 2017. Notable amongst the Areas of Cooperation outlined in the declaration’s Article II were: “(f) Trade and Sustainable Development; and (i) any other areas of cooperation as may be mutually agreed upon by Nigeria and the EFTA States.” This declaration therefore provides ample room for follow-up discussions between Norwegian and Nigerian actors with regards to exploring joint initiatives to promote trade and the sustainable development of the Ocean and BE sectors. The bilateral meetings during Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 will provide an opportune space for this purpose.
    3. Against the backdrop of the African Continental Free Trade Area(AfCFTA) framework, signed on March 21, 2018 by 44 African heads of state and government in Kigali, Rwanda on the initiative of the African Union (AU), Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 will provide an initial or exploratory space for expanding the EFTA agreement with Nigeria to include the entirety/portions of the AfCFTA.
    4. In addition to meetings between sovereign actors, bilateral/multilateral meetings between public and private sector organizations from Norway, the Nordic region and other geographies, with African counterparts or potential collaborators, will also be accommodated.
Source: Nor-Shipping

Themes for Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019

Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 will adopt the following core themes:

  • How can Africa effectively harness its Ocean and BE potential while simultaneously promoting Intra-African Trade?
  • How can Africa’s BE benefit from partnerships with its counterparts in Norway/the Nordic region and the rest of the world?
  • How can Africa promote investment in its BE and the related infrastructure?

Some additional suggested topics are listed below:

  • Coastal shipping/ cabotage opportunities in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Building vessels for the African market – opportunities for green technology
  • Port development in Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond: Expansion/ new ports/ modernization focused on smart and green ports
  • South Africa and Norway taking the lead in combating plastics in the ocean. How can this be translated into business opportunities?
  • Maritime security in Africa.

Objectives of the program

Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 will have the following objectives:

  • To assemble African and Nordic/global players to explore business and investment opportunities in Africa’s Ocean and BE sectors;
  • To showcase ongoing activity in Africa’s BE through a 100sqm Africa Exhibition Pavilion that will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to African countries, organizations and private companies;
  • To profile and discuss issues relevant to the development of Africa’s BE and its contribution to Intra-African trade;
  • To provide a platform for bilateral meetings between delegations from African countries and their Norwegian/Nordic counterparts on issues related to the BE and maritime sectors;
  • To provide a platform for B2B meetings on the development of sustainable business opportunities in Africa’s BE and maritime sectors.
Source: Nor-Shipping

Guidance behind the program

The Africa@Nor-Shipping 2019 program will be guided by an existing body of work and international agreements that are relevant to the sustainable development of the BE and maritime sectors in Africa and globally: The United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals; The African Union Agenda 2063 [2]; The 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy) and its plan of action [3]; The Durban Plan of Action for Maritime Transport covering the period 2009 – 2012; [4] The Revised African Maritime Transport Charter of the African Union towards the development of the BE, adopted in Kampala 2010 [5]; The African Maritime Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development, (commonly referred to as the Lomé Charter) [6]; The strategic partnership/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement between the AU and Norway, signed on the 26th of January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Ongoing consultations between the AU and Norway to strengthen cooperation on Blue Economy and maritime issues.

Notes & Sources

[1] The strategic partnership agreement between the African Union and Norway was signed on the 26th of January 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende. The agreement broadened the existing cooperation between the AU and Norway and strengthened Norway’s engagement with the AU, particularly in matters relating to peace and security. The agreement covers three main areas of cooperation: (1) Peace and security; (2) Democracy and governance; and (3) Sustainable development and job creation. Norway and the AU will also cooperate on the challenges identified in Africa’s own development strategy – Agenda 2063.


Consultations are also underway to strengthen cooperation between the AU and Norway on the Blue Economy and maritime issues.


[2] Agenda 2063. The Africa We Want – Framework Document, see:

[3] For further details on the 2050 AIM-Strategy please see:, accessed on 04/5/2018, 13.32.

[4] A Plan of Action covering the period 2008 – 2010 was initially adopted in Abuja, Nigeria, on 23 February 2007 by the African Ministers responsible for Maritime Transport, at their First Conference organized by the African Union. This Plan of Action constituted a road map primarily aimed at outlining the global objectives pursued in the bid to improve African maritime transport, the major activities or actions identified for attaining the objectives, the measures of output, and the lead and other institutions responsible for the implementation of the activities detailed in the Action Plan. The Plan of Action was reviewed and updated in the Conference of Ministers responsible for Transport held in Algiers, Algeria from 21 – 25 April 2008, and was further reviewed to cover the period 2009 – 2012 at the Second African Union Conference of Ministers responsible for Maritime Transport held in Durban, South Africa from 12 – 16 October 2009.

[5] See the revised African Maritime Transport charter,, accessed 04/5/2018, 13.34.

[6] The Lomé Charter is a new strategic guideline with the view to coordinating specific actions between AU member States across the continent to secure the oceans and seas by combating piracy, arms trafficking and the smuggling of human beings on the Africa’s coastlines. The expected benefit of the Charter is the creation of a geostrategic framework to enhance the cooperation of the AU’s member States in the maritime domain.