Maritime “Road Map” published
A Maritime Road Map compiled by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for the South African Maritime Safety Authority has been published.
The road map presents a vision for the maritime sector, which is for South Africa to be globally recognized as a maritime nation by 2030.
It has identified eight key objectives together with a set of core research, innovation and knowledge management-focused actions per objective.
The objectives are:
1. We have a maritime culture and recognise and learn from our maritime history.
2. We have an enabling governance framework for the maritime sector.
3. We have an efficient system of coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing and have taken measures to reduce red tape in order to promote investment and development.
4. We utilise our resources sustainably and protect our natural resources in the EEZ (exclusive economic zone).
5. We have a research, innovation and knowledge management system that is relevant, well-functioning, targeted and multi-disciplinary.
6. We have structured financing of initiatives in the sector and sustained maritime economic growth.
7. We prioritise safety and security and military protection within and beyond our EEZ.
8. We have national, regional and international presence and recognition.
Successful implementation of this initiative will unlock the economic potential of the country’s oceans, which it is estimated can add up to R177 billion to the GDP by 2033 (compared to R54 billion in 2010), and lead to the creation of 22 000 new direct jobs by 2019.
The full roadmap document is available on the SAIMI website.