On January 22, 2023, a COPAX Council of Ministers meeting extended to Ministers in charge of maritime issues was held in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo under the theme “Governance and securing the maritime space of Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) for the development of a sustainable blue economy in Central Africa”. Burundi was represented by the Minister of the Home Affairs, Community Development and Public Security and the Minister of National Defense and Veterans. The objective was to develop a maritime policy for Central Africa centered on three main axes, namely: improving maritime safety and security in the maritime space of the ECCAS, the governance and securing of the ECCAS maritime space as well as the development of the sustainable blue economy.
During the meeting, the draft texts were examined and adopted by the competent bodies of ECCAS. These projects are: the main axes of the ECCAS integrated maritime policy, the revised memorandum of understanding relating to the safety and security of vital interests at sea and in the continental waters shared by the ECCAS Member States as well as the main strategic axes for the development of the sustainable blue economy in Central Africa.
It should be noted that these projects will be submitted to the ECCAS maritime conference which is scheduled for 25/2/2023 in Kinshasa on the sidelines of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of ECCAS.