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16. November 2017


The European Parliament’s ambitious EU-Africa strategy highlights maritime investments

The new report contains ambitious elements which aim to strengthen the future partnership between the two continents. The strategy holds positive market liberalisation initiatives and investment in maritime infrastructure which will improve trade and make market access easier for the maritime industry.

Today, the European Parliament adopted a report on an EU-Africa Strategy. The strategy states that the political dialogue between the EU and Africa should be strengthened in order to reduce migration and boost investments in a future EU-Africa partnership.

According to the Parliament’s strategy, a new collaboration should lead to an Economic Partnership Agreement, which will contribute to sustained growth on the African continent. In this context, market liberalisations and increased trade between the two continents are key factors as measures to boost the overall development in Africa.

One key factor in the report is maritime infrastructure, which will enable the shipping industry to operate more easily in the African countries.  

“The EU-Africa Strategy is a clear signal to push for an increase in international trade. I believe that this strategy will be important to secure a positive impact on the maritime sector, because of the focus on prioritising investments in ports and other necessary maritime infrastructure,” says Casper Andersen, Director of EU Affairs at Danish Shipping

Focus on sustainable development

The strategy stresses that a new partnership should build on the promotion of sustainable development, human rights and fair and ethical trade.

The opening of markets and sustainable development through trade goes hand in hand, says the Parliament’s rapporteur of the EU-Africa Strategy, Mr Maurice Ponga (FR) from the European People’s Party, who recognises that maritime transport is a key enabler of development through trade:

“This strategy will strengthen our neighbouring continent, which both the African and European citizens will benefit from. Open markets are a prerequisite to achieve the full potential of international trade and a stable framework for private investment, such as those in infrastructure. Therefore, maritime transport plays an important role in the eradication of extreme poverty and the pursuit of a substantial development,” says Maurice Ponga, MEP from the European People’s Party.

Danish Shipping is very satisfied with the European Union’s focus on a new EU-Africa framework. Non-discriminatory conditions and a stable legal framework are key for a maritime industry that has a long history of investment on the African continent, and as such Danish Shipping will continue to push for maritime transport to have a key role in future EU-Africa agreements.