Cancelled summit curiosity

The curious case of the cancelled conference.

Missing the boat? The cost of postponing the Lomé maritime summit

Just two weeks before Africa’s maritime decision makers were due to meet in early November in Lomé, Togo for a summit on security, safety and development, the Togolese government announced that the meeting was cancelled. No new dates were given, and the official explanation was the lack of infrastructure to host proceedings and lodge participants.

This was not just another international conference – the gathering was to have ended with an African Union (AU) extraordinary summit of heads of state. Why was the summit cancelled so abruptly, and what opportunities to improve maritime security have been lost by this decision?

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