Maritime security is crucial for Africa’s strategic future

Maputo Port sea PIC: Oupa Nkosi
Maputo Port sea PIC: Oupa Nkosi

From what I have observed over the past two decades, Africa’s colonial legacy forced countries on the continent to look inward and neglect their coastlines.

This sea blindness has resulted in many missed opportunities for a continent on which 38 countries have a combined coastline of more than 26,000 nautical miles (47,000km).

Our lack of a broader maritime culture has, too often, concealed from African leaders the oceans’ importance to development. Africa’s seas should contribute to economic and environmental security, but are too often a story of stolen resources, drowning refugees and missed opportunities.

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A step in the right direction

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