Women's International Shipping & Trading Association


April 20, 2021

April 20, 2021 at 3 pm (South Africa, Johannesburg)

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Will Africa benefit from a Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone?

The Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone for Africa (CEMZA) is expected to create a common maritime space to facilitate cross-cutting benefits and minimise transnational threats. It is a strategic objective in implementing the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy and the African Union Strategy for Border Governance. Yet the challenges are enormous, and the prognosis appears bleak, as the concept is still not well-understood or developed.

Drawing on a new ISS report, this seminar will discuss the nature and implications of the CEMZA concept for Africa. Speakers will examine the concept and practical examples of Africa’s maritime border governance and disputes to identify opportunities and priority areas of engagement.

Chair: Timothy Walker, Maritime Project Leader and Senior Researcher, ISS Pretoria


Vishal Surbun, Senior Lecturer, School of Law and the Unit for Maritime Law and Maritime Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, Lecturer in Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews

Nkeiru Scotcher, Ocean Governance and the Law of the Sea Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Law, Business and Economics, University of Gothenburg

Margareth Galho, Director, Margareth Galho & Associados and Angola President, WISTA International

Representative of the AU Border Programme (TBC)

This seminar is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.



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