AU urges stronger Africa-Norway cooperation on blue economy

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-08 23:55:48|Editor: yan
Video PlayerClose

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The African Union (AU) has called for stronger cooperation between Africa and Norway in such sectors such as the blue economy.

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat made the remarks while meeting visiting Crown Prince Haakon Magnus and Princess Mette-Marit of Norway at the AU headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

At the meeting late Tuesday, Faki called for stronger cooperation and private sector investment in emerging economic sectors such as the blue economy, of which Norway is a global leader.

Africa has more than 30 coastal and island member states that could greatly benefit by harnessing opportunities presented by the blue economy, the AU chief said.

Speaking at a gathering after talks with senior AU officials, the Crown Prince Haakon Magnus said the blue economy is one area on which Norway is keen to further cooperation with Africa.

"When it comes to the oceans, our global commons, we are all neighbors," he said. "For Norway, sustainable use of the oceans and marine resources is the very foundation of our prosperity and well-being."

"With a rapidly growing global population, we will increasingly rely on the world's oceans for food, employment opportunities, energy, minerals, and transport routes," he said.