The first two national experts selected in the context of the Africa Deep Seabed Resources (ADSR) project joined the ISA Secretariat on 20 January 2020. A total of 10 experts, including 5 women, from different African States, members of ISA and the African Union, will be deployed with the ISA Secretariat in the course of 2020. The objectives of this deployment are to strengthen their expertise in geology and ocean/Blue Economy policy while contributing to the work of the Secretariat.
Mrs. Tini Guitoba and Mrs. Judith Owusu will be with the ISA Secretariat for a period of two months. Mrs. Tini Guitoba, Legal Officer from the Directorate of the Maritime Affairs of the Togolese Republic, will be working closely with the Executive Office of the Secretary-General to advance its work in the field of Ocean/Blue Economy Policy. Mrs. Judith Owusu, Geochemist from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, will be working with the Office of the Environmental Management and Mineral Resources to progress the work of the Secretariat in the field of geology and resources assessment.
“This project, whereby we are able to deploy national experts to join the Secretariat for hands-on experience, is another first in the life of the Authority. I am particularly delighted that we are able to do this in collaboration with member States from the African region, the African Union and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). I am confident that this will contribute in very concrete ways to develop the capacities of African experts and increase the participation of African States in the work of the Authority and in all activities undertaken in the international seabed area” said ISA Secretary-General, Mr. Michael W. Lodge.
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