In most recent times, maritime security issue features prominently on the agenda of international and national discourse on sustainable development, particularly the use of oceans and seas.
This is in furtherance of the fact that a nexus exists between a secure maritime domain and trade facilitation among countries. The reason for this increasing attention on maritime security is the grave threats insecurity on the seas pose to international trade, socio-economic developments, the marine milieu, human safety, freedom of navigation and peace. The threats are crimes such as piracy, armed robbery at sea, trafficking of people, smuggling of illicit and dangerous goods, kidnapping, terrorism, illegal fishing and pollution. Most affected by these crimes on the sea is the maritime industry; which has been identified as very critical to global commerce and distribution of vital resources. About 90% of world trade by volume and up to 75% in value are transported by sea. The maritime industry contributes and sustains economies of both coastal and land locked countries, connecting industrial centres and markets within and beyond national borders. It is among the world’s global innovative and forward looking industries, and noted to have capacities to generate employment, value creation and spillover to other industries, making it important driving force for sustainable economic growth and positive developments.
Theme: Managing and Securing Our Waters
Date: 7th - 9th October 2019
VENUE: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA, NIGERIA.