African leaders have signed up to a charter designed to improve maritime security and boost trade.
The charter aims to consolidate efforts to combat maritime threats, promote trade, encourage sustainable use of marine resources and create wealth and jobs.
Heads of state adopted the charter during a summit of the African Union (AU) on Saturday in Togo. The AU represents 54 countries.
“The African Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Development aims to solidify Africa’s commitment to an efficient and effective management of its oceans, seas and waterways so as to ensure sustainable, equitable and beneficial exploration of these critical resources,” said the AU.
Member states are now being asked to ratify the charter and begin its implementation.
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