PM meeting with President of Nigeria: 16 April 2018

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

“The Prime Minister had a bilateral meeting with President Buhari of Nigeria at Downing Street today.”

“They agreed that the UK and Nigeria were strong and enduring partners and that we would continue to champion our shared values of democracy, including the fight against corruption, and inclusive education.”

“They agreed our defence and security cooperation was close and longstanding, particularly on issues of regional security where we were working together to tackle the threat of Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa, including through a new £1 million package of counter-IED equipment to protect troops and civilians in Nigeria. The Prime Minister said she was saddened so many girls had been affected by the security situation in Nigeria, and that the thoughts of the British people were with the girls and their families.”

“They agreed on the importance of tackling climate change, and of fighting the scourge of modern slavery.”

“They discussed Salisbury and Syria, agreeing on the vital importance of upholding international norms against the use of chemical weapons.”

“The Prime Minister also congratulated the President on leading a successful business reform agenda in Nigeria, noting that as the UK leaves the EU, our bilateral trade and investment relationship would continue to go from strength to strength.”

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1 Main Summit and 3 Satellite Summits: Scaling up disruptive solutions for Africa’s Transformation

Given the challenge of travel within the continent and the need to mobilize the continent for actions, AIS II ( will initiate satellite summits in three locations in Dakar (Western Africa), in Addis Ababa (Eastern Africa) and Johannesburg (Southern Africa).

These three locations will help multiply the reach of the AIS. Each satellite event will have local organization and flavour; the plenary sessions in Kigali will be streamed to all Satellite locations. The workshops to follow the plenaries will be organized locally, with speakers and facilitators.

There will be an opportunity for interactivity between the participants in the plenary sessions. In addition, each Satellite Summit will also have opportunity to organize its own exhibition. The workshops and the exhibition for the satellite summits will be focused on issues or challenges with local importance.

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51-Days Before Event: Africa Innovation Summit (#AIS2018) in Numbers

  • 51 Days countdown to the second edition of the Africa Innovation Summit ( in Kigali
  • +1700 Delegates Registered from 71 Countries
  • 3 Satellite Summits (Dakar, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa)
  • +590 Innovations Tract submitted
  • 122 Scientific Papers submitted
  • + 63 118 online users reached through online.

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Debut Africa Blue Economy Forum Announced

The first Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) ( is to be held in London on 7-8 June 2018, to coincide with World Oceans Day. More than 150 delegates and speakers are expected to attend, including government ministers, business leaders, ocean experts and environmental and maritime organisations, to discuss the economic contribution of the African oceans.

The blue economy is an integral part of the African Union’s Agenda 2063. The debut forum will address this agenda and enable businesses and policy makers to understand, explore and invest in Africa’s blue economy, to harness its potential and create a sustainable business model for the future.

Leila Ben Hassen, founder of ABEF 2018 and CEO of the event’s organiser, Blue Jay Communication, said: “At ABEF 2018, we will discuss crucial issues, such as how the blue economy can help create jobs and accelerate sustainable growth and development across the continent.”

“We will also examine which economic policies will facilitate better ocean economy and open up opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs. In Africa, where 70% of the states are coastal, the ocean is not only a key driver for global trade but is also a major source of food and energy,” Ben Hassen added.

Paul Holthus, President and CEO of World Ocean Council, an official partner of ABEF 2018, remarked: “At the World Ocean Council, we address cross-cutting issues affecting ocean sustainable development, science and stewardship. We are committed to advancing the development and implementation of industry-driven solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. ABEF 2018 is a key gathering for raising awareness and developing the network around the African ocean economy and especially the sustainable development and related business opportunities that Africa has to offer”.

The blue economy covers aquatic and marine spaces, including oceans, seas, coasts, lakes, rivers and groundwater. It includes a wide range of productive sectors, such as fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, transport, commerce and trade, shipbuilding, energy, protection and restoration. The blue economy also encapsulates extractive industries, for example underwater mining and offshore oil and gas, provided they are undertaken in a manner that does not cause irreversible damage to the ecosystem.

Welcoming the initiative, Dr Carlos Lopes, former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) said: “Several African countries already are formulating strategies to mainstream the blue economy into their national development plans. For instance, the Seychelles has established a ministry dedicated to promoting the blue economy.

“In South Africa, Operation Phakisa is expected to create one million new jobs by 2030 and add ZAR177 billion [GBP10.2 billion] to the country’s GDP. More countries must follow suit to reap from the available socio-economic opportunities,” Dr Lopes added.

Confirmed speakers at ABEF 2018 include representatives from: UN Environment, World Trade Organisation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Kingdom of Morocco, Republic of Gabon, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Seychelles, World Ocean Council, WWF, Ghanaian Centre for Maritime Law and Security, One Earth Future Foundation, PWC, MAST Security, Resolute Marine Energy, The Global Ocean Trust Grid Arendal, and Sea Shepherd.

For full details and to register attendance, visit the website:

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About ABEF 2018
The first Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) ( will take place on 7-8 June 2018 at Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, UK. Recognising the blue economy as a major source of wealth and prosperity for the continent, the forum will bring together government officials, high-level experts, investors, businesses, policy leaders, international organisations, civil society, public institutions and other opinion leaders, to highlight and debate on the wide range of opportunities emerging from Africa’s aquatic and marine spaces. The two-day event features panel discussions, case studies and networking opportunities. For the full agenda and list of speakers, and to register, visit the website (

About Blue Jay Communication
Blue Jay Communication – the organiser of ABEF 2018 – is an international communications, public relations and events agency, focusing on Africa. With more than 15 years of experience in communications in Africa and internationally, Blue Jay works with multilateral organisations and governments, to build a strong, positive image of Africa and break the negative stereotypes that have surrounded it for years. Leila Ben Hassen is the agency’s CEO and founder of ABEF 2018.

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