Baurita: Atlantic Africa, a geo-strategic location based on a common identity

Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Oniyama spoke at a joint news conference with Cape Verde’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration Rui Alberto de Figueroa Suarez and Foreign Minister for Cooperation Francofoni. Regional Integration and Gabonese Abroad, Michael Musa-Adamo, crowned by Rabat’s announcement at the end of the 1st Ministerial Meeting of the Atlantic African States Efforts need to be made, with emphasis on, in this regard, a necessary restructuring of this geo-strategic space.

It is to be noted that this ministerial level meeting is being held under the higher guidance of HM King Mohammed VI, which is engraved within the framework of the royal vision on South-South cooperation and also within the framework of interest given by the Sovereign for this place. For cooperation between African countries, Mr Baurita said interest in the Atlantic Ocean began in the 1980s, when a conference of African marine fisheries ministers was held, and in 2009 Morocco’s initiative to promote Afro began. Atlantic space that has long benefited from the strong will expressed by the sovereign and demonstrated by Moroccan diplomacy.

He hailed the “success” of the first ministerial-level meeting of the Atlantic African states, which resulted in 15 ministers, representing one-third of the participating countries representing Atlantic African countries, and concrete results in terms of levels maintained by King Mohammed VI. It illustrates the relevance of this initiative and the fruit of the interest that connects African countries for coordination and consultation in this important geo-strategic space.

“So it was important for African nations to work together to rebuild this space,” said Mr Baurita, “because the North Atlantic was formed when the South Atlantic did not.”

Referring to the purpose of the meeting, he said that it was mainly about re-establishing cooperation between the Atlantic African states and developing a common vision as well as considering common and coherent responses to the challenges posed to the region. The probability of this.

Supporting statistics, he indicated that the region represents 46% of the African population, 55% of African domestic products and 57% of African trade, as well as 90% maritime events. Globally, the Atlantic Ocean is facing environmental challenges such as an estimated 3.6 mm sea level rise per year, which affects coastal tourism, urban planning and economic activity.

In this regard, he announced, it was decided to form three working groups on security and peace, the blue economy as well as the environment and its impact on the Atlantic African states, with a permanent General Secretariat working in addition to reactivation. A fluid system, based on Rabat and which is responsible for coordinating the work of ministerial level meetings.

It also agreed to create a national point of contact aimed at creating a space for action for all ministerial departments and national stakeholders across the Atlantic Ocean, he said, noting that the next step would be done within a framework. Single team because of the existence of a common identity and that “we are all Atlantic Africans”.

For his part, Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Oniyama stressed that the ministerial-level meeting was an opportunity to institutionalize efforts to promote this important place and preserve its potential to protect the interests of countries. The Atlantic African states, and their prosperity, welcomed Morocco’s initiative in holding this important conference.

He further added that “political dialogue and security” are fundamental to the prosperity of the African continent as a whole, indicating that “the African Atlantic region is rich in resources but unfortunately remains fragile in the face of multiple security challenges”.

Other key issues in Nigeria’s diplomacy include terrorism, organized and cross-border crime, piracy, human trafficking, drugs and arms, as well as disputes over maritime borders.

In this regard, he noted, maritime security threats in the Atlantic African region are affecting the stability and security of countries, as well as hindering the development of investment and economic growth. Therefore, for him, the absolute necessity of designing a national approach in line with the challenges raised at the local level and this, within the framework of coordination among African states, supports capacity building, promotion of training as well as exchange and sharing. Good practice.

Cape Verde’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Regional Integration, Rui Alberto de Figueroa Suarez, has mentioned the blue economy and connectivity, the challenges that threaten the environment of diversity in this important place, among others, pollution. , Calls for a balanced approach that ensures both excessive and inadequate exploitation of resources, food security and sustainability.

In this regard, the head of Cape Verdean diplomacy urged the African Atlantic states to give utmost importance to marine scientific research, condemning the fragility of island nations in this geographical area in the face of the risks posed by climate change. The close and complex interrelationships that exist among the world’s geopolitical problems.

For his part, Michael Musa-Adamo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, Francophone, Regional Integration and Gabonese Abroad, confirmed that this first ministerial-level meeting of the Atlantic African states represents an opportunity to underline the need to integrate South-South cooperation. HM King Mohammed VI’s commitment to reactivate this geo-strategic space.

Referring to the environment and energy, Gabonis called on the head of diplomacy to reactivate African processes for renewable energy in the region, saying that promoting energy self-sufficiency and diversity was not a fact. Sources of energy, welcome initiatives and efforts that have proven their expertise in conserving the environment.

Innovative solutions for the integration of initiatives dedicated to energy transfer in terms of energy resources available to the Atlantic African states and the opportunity to solicit general action, where the importance of developing solutions is emphasized. Renewable energy from hydraulic.

Discussions at the first ministerial-level meeting of the Atlantic African states were approved by adopting the “Declaration of Rabat”.

In the Declaration, the Ministers of the Atlantic African States welcomed the vision of King Mohammed VI to create a framework for pragmatic and timely inter-African cooperation in the African Atlantic region, as well as to re-activate this geopolitical framework for negotiations. A country in Atlantic Africa.

Emphasizing the importance of optimizing the African Atlantic space for more integrated and integrated management of immigration governance, they decided to establish three thematic groups on political and security dialogue, blue economy, maritime connectivity and energy, and sustainable development and environment. .

Held at the invitation of Morocco with the participation of 21 countries along the Atlantic coast, of which about fifteen are represented at the ministerial level, the 1st Ministerial Meeting of the Atlantic African States was an opportunity to visualize a common African perspective in this important space. Promote an African Atlantic identity and defend the strategic interests of the continent with one voice.

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