Media Invite

17 November 2014

Symposium on the Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges for South and Southern Africa

Department of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Dialogue associated with UNISA, the Open Society Foundation South Africa, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and the South African Defence and Security Management Network, will host a symposium on “The Blue Economy and Maritime Security Challenges for South and Southern Africa: Leadership Dilemmas in Promoting a Global South Dialogue on Governance in the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans”.

This Symposium intends to explore maritime economic, strategic and security dimensions highlighting convergences in defence, foreign policy and economic diplomacy. Experts and Scholars from both the global south and north would lift out the challenges and the solutions, including presenting a tool box of policy recommendations to policy makers involved in sectors associated with the blue economy.

Date: 18 November 2014

Time: 08:30-14:35

Venue: Conference centre 2, OR Tambo Building, DIRCO

RSVP: / 082 675 0893

The programme is attached.

Enquiries: Nelson Kgwete, 0764313078


OR Tambo Building
460 Soutpansberg Road



08:45 - 09:25 Arrivals and registration

09:30 - 12:15 Welcome

Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General: Asia and the Middle East, Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

Symposium Overview Francis Kornegay, Senior Research Fellow, IGD, UNISA & Global Fellow, the Wilson Centre

Theme Keynote Vice Admiral (Ret) J. Mudimu, CEO, Armscor and former Chief, SA Navy

CHAIR: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, National Director, South African Institute of International Affairs

10:00 - 12:00 The Indian Ocean-South Atlantic Landscape

  • South Africa’s ‘Gondwanan’ Maritime Domain: Indian & S. Atlantic oceans and Antarctica:  Francis Kornegay, Senior Research Fellow, IGD, UNISA & Global Fellow, the Wilson Centre
  • The Emerging Indian Ocean landscape: security challenges & evolving architecture of cooperation – IORA, IONS, etc. (Australia):  Dennis Rumley, Professor, Indian Ocean Studies, Distinguished Research Fellow, Curtin University, Western Australia
  • An Indian Perspective on an Evolving Indian Ocean Governance Architecture: PK Ghosh, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi 
  • The Emerging South Atlantic landscape: security challenges & evolving architecture of cooperation – ZPSCA, Gulf of Guinea Commission, etc. : Érico Duarte, Assistant Professor, Strategic and International Studies, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

11:05 – 11:20 Tea/Coffee

11:20-12:00 DISCUSSION


CHAIR: Robert Higgs, Rear Admiral & Chief of SA Navy Staff

13:15-13:50 The African Maritime Landscape: Implications for SA & SADC

  • Geostrategic and Foreign Policy Implications of the Defence Review: Maritime security and naval challenges: Nick Sendall, Defence Secretariat, SA Dept. of Defence

  • African Naval & Coastal Patrolling Issues: Cooperation, Capacity-Building, Dialogue (i.e. Sea Power Africa): Charl Maritz, Commander, SAS Mendi, SA Navy

  • Africa’s Continental Challenge in Governing the Maritime Commons: The AU Integrated Maritime Security Strategy : Mokhele Tsietsi, Commander, CEO, South African Maritime Authority (SAMA)

13:50-14:05 Tea/Coffee

14:05- 14:40 DISCUSSION

CHAIR: Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk, Director, Centre for Defence & Security Management, University of the Witwatersrand

15:00-16:35 African Comparative Maritime Security Perspectives

  • The Abuja Declaration and the Challenge of Maritime Security Strategy in the South Atlantic:  Charles Ukeje, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of International Relations, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

  • Maritime Security Challenges: The East African experience: Amb. Mohammed Maundi,  Director, Mozambique-Tanzania Centre for Foreign Relations, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania

  • The SADC Maritime Security Strategy Revisited: A Mozambican perspective : J.P.B Coelho, Director, Centro de Estudos Sociais de Braganca, Maputo, Mozambique

  • Discussant: Eastern & Southern African Maritime Reflections: Anita Kiamba, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi




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