The Kingdom of Norway is a maritime nation and has built up wide-ranging know-how and support for Africa on the blue economy. The African Union has identified blue ocean economy development as a priority goal towards achieving the aspiration of 'A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development within the context of the Africa Union Agenda 2063.
The Kingdom of Norway supported AU-IBAR in developing the Africa Blue Economy Strategy in 2019. To ensure the implementation of the African Blue Economy Strategy, AU-IBAR is currently working closely with the Regional Economic Communities to support the formulation of regional blue economy strategies, with funding from the Kingdom of Norway. The Kingdom of Norway has also been instrumental in providing support on research associated with Blue Growth in Africa.