Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo has been selected as the Lead Speaker for an international symposium coming up in South Africa in May to boost Blue Economy and Security in Africa.

Authoritative source reveal that the two-day symposium is organised by Security Watch Africa Initiative (SWAI) and the Centre for Military Studies (CEMIS) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

The theme of the symposium, which has been fixed for 4th and 5th of May, 2023, is ‘BLUE OCEAN ECONOMY AND SECURITY IN AFRICA: CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS FOR AGENDA 2063’

The Symposium, holding at the STIAS Conference Centre, Stellenbosch, South Africa, seeks to explore various aspects of the Blue Ocean Economy and the potential roles that the Navies of various countries can play, in conjunction with public and private sector entities, in ensuring security on the continent’s ocean waters.

It is aimed at articulating practical mechanisms in actualising the Blue Ocean Economy for the African continent, deploying Nigeria’s Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Vice Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo’s outstanding leadership at the Nigerian Navy.

The discussions are also aimed at exploring how African navies have experienced the unlocking of the Blue Economies in Africa.

It will further assist to foster inter-naval co-operations and relationships between ECOWAS and Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Navies.

The symposium is providing an important opportunity for the Chiefs of Navies to frame the agenda for Naval participation in their respective Blue water economies.

It will allow each Navy to provide a keynote address regarding their experiences in defending the blue water economy.

There will also be syndicate discussions, and a feedback session to allow each syndicate to report their findings. The conference will close with a consolidated report of these findings.

Among those expected to attend the symposium , are parliamentarians, Ministry/secretary of Defence personnel, practitioners in the maritime space, academics and Defence Industry representatives.

Also expected at the symposium are students of the Military Academy, while a limited number of seats will be opened for the public to apply to attend.

The call for delegates will close on 20 April 2023 for foreign delegates and 28 April 2023 for African delegates.