Water covers more than two-thirds of the earth’s surface and affects life everywhere. As the second biggest continent and the largest island, Africa’s 43 million km² area covers one-fifth of the total surface of the earth. Its total length of coastline, including its islands, is over 26,000 nautical miles. Thirty-eight (38) African countries are either coastal or island states, while fifty-two (52) of its over one hundred port facilities handle containers and various forms of cargo. Whilst African owned ships account for about 1.2% of world shipping by number and about 0.9% by gross tonnage, the ports handle only 6% of worldwide water borne cargo traffic and approximately 3% of the worldwide container traffic. The Blue Economy is new frontline for Africa’s renaissance. The sector offers huge potential for the continent’s growth, diversification, and development. The components range from the traditional ocean industries such as fisheries, tourism, and maritime transport, to new and emerging activities, such as offshore renewable energy, aquaculture, seabed extractive activities, and marine biotechnology and bio prospecting. These Blue Economy sectors are central to Africa’s competitiveness and job creation, as well as international trade, maritime infrastructure, transport, information, communication and technology, and logistics. However, Blue Economy sectors across Africa are not only underutilised but also uncoordinated. Member States are at various levels of tapping into those resource sectors. A number of services provided by ocean ecosystems, and for which markets do not exist, also contribute significantly to economic and other human activity such as carbon sequestration, coastal protection, waste disposal and the existence of biodiversity. However, Member States’ exploitation and tapping of blue economy sectors remains limited, underutilised, and often uncoordinated
Consultancy Services for the Development of an African Union Blue Economy Strategy
It is expected that the consultant will have wide knowledge in Blue Economy issues; Agenda 2063 as well as the 2050 AIM Strategy and the Lome Charter. Knowledge of global developments on Blue Economy will be an added advantage. The Consultant shall be selected based on the following minimum educational and experience criteria:
1. A combination of undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in the areas of Blue Economy or Maritime. A PHD will be an added advantage.
2. At least ten (10) years’ experience at a senior level in Blue Economy or Maritime Sectors, and application and/or programming at national or regional levels.
3.Experience in conducting a similar exercise will be an added advantage.
4.Knowledge of Africa’s Regional Integration programme is desirable
5.Knowledge of the 2050 AIM Strategy and the Lome Charter would be a distinct advantage
6. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and knowledge of any other AU language is desirable