ABEF is about bold new thinking to accelerate Africa’s structural transformation and create jobs for a young population on the rise.

The first Africa Blue Economy Forum was hosted in London on 8th June 2018 to raise awareness on the unique potential of the oceans to accelerate Africa’s sustainable development. Based on last year’s recommendations which were compiled in the ABEF2018 Report, Blue Jay Communication is organising the second edition of the Africa Blue Economy Forum (ABEF) which will take place in Tunis on 25-26 June 2019.

Once again, government and business leaders, international investors, ocean innovators and civil society from across the globe will get together to recognise the importance of the Blue Economy in advancing Africa’s development agenda.

Discussions will focus on opportunities and innovations in emerging and frontier sectors of the Blue Economy and how they can help accelerate Africa’s transformation. Panel topics will include: Public-private partnerships; Fishing & Aquaculture; Ports & Trade; Ocean Energy; Governance & Security; Women Empowerment; Youth Education; and Ocean Financing.


  • Learn more about the Sustainable Blue Economy and how it can benefit African growth and create jobs;
  • Meet with Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and impact investors, decision makers and government officials who can drive scalable and sustainable investments in the oceans;
  • Discuss policy challenges and frameworks to attract more sustainable investments in the oceans;
  • Discover investment opportunities and emerging blue industries within Africa's ocean economy; and
  • Build strategic partnerships between the public and private sectors and promote sustainable best practices.

What to expect?

Visionary speakers, experts and inspirational leaders

150 high-level decision makers from the public and private sectors

Action-oriented discussions and commitments

Presentation of investment opportunities and case studies

2 days of networking opportunities

Media coverage