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
Venue: Conference centre 2, OR Tambo Building, DIRCO
Ambassador Anil Sooklal, Deputy Director General: Asia and the Middle East, Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
Symposium OverviewFrancis Kornegay, Senior Research Fellow, IGD, UNISA & Global Fellow, the Wilson Centre
Theme KeynoteVice Admiral (Ret) J. Mudimu, CEO, Armscor and former Chief, SA Navy
CHAIR: Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, National Director, South African Institute of International Affairs
10:00 - 12:00The 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
AFTERNOON PANEL ONE
CHAIR: Robert Higgs, Rear Admiral & Chief of SA Navy Staff
13:15-13:50The 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)
CHAIR: Anthoni Van Nieuwkerk, Director, Centre for Defence & Security Management, University of the Witwatersrand