The Conference Arrangement
The two days’ Blue Economy conference on is the first regional event and offers an opportunity to discuss Blue Economy development in the IGAD region at large as well as offers a platform for the region to show-case its Blue Economy components and their linkages with different sub-sectors of the national economy. The two days will be fully dedicated for awareness creation and sharing of best practices.
The event will unveil Blue Economy opportunities available in the region for governments, private sector investors, donors and development partners, civil society, academia and other actors. It will also provide an opportunity to learn and get information on global and continental good practices, lessons and experiences on Blue Economy development.
Additionally, the conference will provide a regional multi-stakeholder, multi-sector and multi-scale platform to identify potential Blue Economy priority areas in the region, as well as technical discourses on the prospects for mainstreaming Blue Economy potential priority areas into regional and national development strategies.
The main objectives of the event are:
- To create awareness on the role of Blue Economy in contributing to the socio-economic development of the region
- To explore the Blue Economy Concept and Blue Growth Principles in the regional socio-ecological context in common but differentiated approach
- To review the development prospects and challenges of well-integrated traditional and emerging Blue Economy sectors for leapfrogging accelerated and shared growth
- Develop a road map for the Blue Economy Strategy meeting planned for Mid-September 2020 in the Federal Government of Somalia.