Admiral Augusto da Silva Cunha
Chief of Staff, Angolan Naval Forces
The sea is the space where, since primordial times, humanity has carried out the greatest range of economic activities, which ensured the survival of those who engaged in them. It was by sea that links among peoples were established, cultures were founded, and affinities were created. All told, the sea was the essential element for the shaping of today's global village.
The maritime spaces under our national jurisdiction—interior waters, territorial seas, Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)—equal roughly half the continental area of the Republic of Angola. If one considers the demarcation of the continental shelf to be beyond 200 nautical miles, they can be deemed to encompass an even greater area.
For the Republic of Angola, the sea assumes a fundamental importance as the activities carried out there are the backbone of the entire economy. It is in the sea that the greater part of energy resources are being exploited (more than 50 percent of the gross national product), and it is by sea that more than 90 percent of external commerce takes place.