National Policy Alliance

WHEREAS, we applaud President Obama’s vision of establishing a long-term relationship with Africa, and

WHEREAS, it is important to build on the foundation of the first U.S.-Africa Summit held in Washington, D.C on August 4-7, 2014, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance’s building on its vision from the 8th Leadership Conference “Bringing Together Policies & Partnerships for Global Success,” and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance and its stakeholders embrace the concept to develop the Africa Blue Economy with the coupling of their subject-matter expertise as it relates to policy and economic development with a focus on the U.S. playing a strategic and key role, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance, considering that the Blue Economy is the sum of all economic activity associated with the seas, oceans, harbors, ports, and coastal zones, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance, recognizing that hydrography is the fundamental enabler in the development of the Blue Economy and marine economic infrastructures, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance, recognizing that the oceans and seas represent a vast resource for energy, water, food, bio-medicines, and infrastructure, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance and its stakeholders, recognizing that a United States and Africa partnership benefits the goal of developing the blue economy will support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime space, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance, to assist Africa in its Blue Growth initiative, aims to:

* Develop those sectors with high potential for sustainable jobs such as coastal tourism, aquaculture, marine biotechnology, and maritime transportation

* Act as a catalyst for policy development, investment and innovation in support of poverty reduction, food security, and the sustainable growth surrounding the maritime infrastructure and sectors developments, and

WHEREAS, the National Policy Alliance has continued to stand for and call upon policymakers to consider pursuing policies that economically provide the United States a competitive edge for national, state, and local relationships for their economic growth and pursing a blue economy development plan coupled with the transfer of a blue technology strategy that supports a United States-Africa relationship beyond the African Growth and Opportunity Act, and

WHEREAS, policymakers who recognize this opportunity to build the Africa Blue Economy and who are taking actions should be publicly acknowledged and encouraged to take further actions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the National Policy Alliance encourages its members to adopt policies and pass resolutions to embrace U.S. involvement with Africa on its development of its blue economy and blue growth plans; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that National Policy Alliance, encourages and supports opportunities for its memberships to establish and participate in the Africa Blue Economy and exchange activities, experience sharing, and requests for technical assistance from the Maritime Administration Office of International Activities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that steps should be taken to ensure minority-owned businesses and contractors may fully participate in new opportunities being created surrounding the Africa Blue Economy; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, members of the United States Senate, and House of Representatives, and other federal and state government officials as appropriate.

Submitted by Mr. A. Bernard Jones, Managing Partner of Cliffview Risk Mgt Group, LLC