3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Atlantic African States Process: Adoption of the Rabat Declaration II

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Following the 3rd Ministerial Meeting of the Atlantic African States Process, held in Rabat on July 12, 2023, the 21 participating countries adopted the "Rabat Declaration II".

Here is the full text of the declaration :

1/ The Ministers taking part in this 3rd meeting of AASP adopted the partnership's Action Program, which aims to articulate in the form of programmatic objectives the vision of a flexible, progressive and mutually supportive African-Atlantic partnership.

2/ The Ministers recognized the importance of the Action Program's strategic priorities in supporting integration and co-development in the region.

3/ The Action Plan contains recommendations for collective action on three strategic priorities. They are:

  • political and security dialogue on the fight against terrorism, transnational organized crime, maritime piracy and illegal migration;
  • the blue economy, maritime connectivity and energy;
  • sustainable development and the protection and conservation of the marine environment.

4/ The Ministers welcomed the participatory and inclusive nature of the consultation process on the Action Program, under the coordination of the Permanent Secretariat, and also praised the commitment of the Focal Points to this consultation process, including at their meetings held in Rabat on 07 and 08 March 2023 and on 11 July 2023.

5/ In addition, they stressed the importance of reviewing the Action Program as required and in line with the evolving context of cooperation in the African-Atlantic region as well as at international level, and affirmed, in this respect, that the Ministerial Meeting is responsible for providing guidance for the review of the Action Program when necessary.

6/ Participants at the meeting also noted the importance of establishing synergies and partnership links with other cooperation initiatives and processes in the southern and northern Atlantic, including the US initiative on strengthening cooperation in the Atlantic, so as to maximize the beneficial effects of cooperation on shared stability and prosperity in the region.

7/ The Ministers also called on the Permanent Secretariat and the Focal Points to begin consultations for the formulation of the Action Plans of the three Thematic Groups, whose respective leaders are Nigeria, Cabo Verde and Gabon, on the basis of the Action Program. The Action Plans should include concrete actions to implement this partnership.

8/ The Ministers also stressed the importance of coordination at both national and regional levels, and encouraged member countries of this partnership to establish national coordination mechanisms to facilitate its implementation.

9/ The next AASP ministerial meeting is scheduled to take place in New York in September 2023, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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