Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) to reconvene in Tunis on 25-26 June 2019

Developing Africa’s ocean economy and investing in sustainable growth

LONDON, UK, March 29th, 2019,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-  The second Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) will take place on 25-26 June 2019 in Tunis, historic city for maritime trade and economic powerhouse at the crossroads between Europe and Africa.

Once again, the annual event will bring together 150+ delegates from across the globe, including ocean experts and innovators, African political leaders and policy makers, international entrepreneurs and investors, as well as NGOs and multilaterals, to discuss the great potential of the blue economy to drive sustainable growth in Africa.

Last year, during the forum’s inauguration, speakers and delegates at ABEF2018 agreed on the need for innovative financing to start developing Africa’s blue economy on a wider scale, involving not only governments but also the private sector. Building on these recommendations, ABEF2019 will have a strong focus on business and investment. Discussions will explore the opportunities and innovations in emerging and frontier sectors of the blue economy and how they can help accelerate Africa’s transformation.


Mark Eddo, Yonov Agah, Paul Holthus, David Luke - ABEF2018

Mark Eddo, Yonov Agah, Paul Holthus, David Luke – ABEF2018


Africa’s maritime industry is estimated at around US$1 trillion per year and the asset value of ocean economy ecosystems around US$24 trillion. The Blue Economy has a unique potential to create jobs, sustain livelihoods for local communities and offer low-cost impactful climate change adaptation solutions on the continent.

Leila Ben Hassen, Founder and CEO of ABEF organiser, Blue Jay Communication, said: “This year’s Forum is designed as an action-oriented platform aiming to create partnerships, facilitate investments and ultimately create jobs for Africa’s youth while engaging more women in the Blue Economy value chain. I believe that today we cannot speak about growth if it is not sustainable and taking into consideration the social and environmental impact.”


Leila Ben Hassen, Founder and CEO of Blue Jay Communication

Leila Ben Hassen, Founder and CEO of Blue Jay Communication


ABEF panel topics will include: Public-private partnerships; Fishing & Aquaculture; Ports & Trade; Ocean Energy; Governance & Security; Pollution & Waste Management; Women Empowerment; Youth Education & Technology; and Ocean Financing.

High-level speakers have already been confirmed, including:

Jacqueline Alder, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
– Joshua Brien, Cooley LLP
– Manuel Castiano, World Wide Fund (WWF) Mozambique
– Bernhard Friess, Commission européenne
– Sanjeev Gupta, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC)
– Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd
– Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council (WOC)
– Dr Frannie Léautier, Trade & Development Bank (TDB)
– Marc Naidoo, Standard Chartered Bank
– Christian Neumann, GRID-Arendal
– Marta Marrero, The Nature Conservancy
– Torsten Thiele, The Global Ocean Trust

For further information on the forum, please visit the event website:
To attend, please REGISTER at this link

Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of ABEF2019.

About ABEF: 
The Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) is an annual event organised by Blue Jay Communication
ABEF is about bold new thinking to accelerate Africa’s structural transformation and create jobs for a young population on the rise. 
It provides a unique platform for ocean stakeholders to share insights on how to achieve SDG 14 and to present new investment opportunities in both traditional and emerging ocean industries, while facilitating public-private partnerships and networking. 
About Blue Jay Communication: 
Founded by publishing and media expert Leila Ben Hassen, Blue Jay Communication (BJC) is a global communications, branding, PR and events consultancy specialised in Africa.
BJC’s mission is to enhance its clients’ brands, make connections and develop their business and investment opportunities. By doing so, its ambition is to contribute to job creation whilst reducing the gender gap and ensuring sustainable growth in Africa. 
Selma Lakhoua 
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