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Maritime stakeholders come together to discuss the rising insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea

From right: Rear Admiral Henrik Ryberg, Commandant of the Royal Danish Defence College, H.E. Tove Degnbol, Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Maj. Gen. Francis Ofori, Commandant of the KAIPTC, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, Chief of the Naval Staff, Ghana Navy.

In the mist of yet another year of rising insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, Kofi Anan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) successfully arranged a two-day conference on Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) in Accra, gathering key maritime stakeholders, high-level officers and officials from the region, as well as international researchers on maritime security.

The conference, which looked at “Challenges and Prospects for International Cooperation on Maritime Domain Awareness in West Africa,” came at a time where kidnappings of international manned ships are at an all-time high. More than 90 % of all kidnappings at sea happens in the Gulf of Guinea counting for 121 souls kidnapped in 2019.

 

The participants highlighted important strategic considerations, as well as a number of concrete solutions, which will be pursued by both regional officials and researchers in augmenting maritime security through improved maritime domain awareness.

 

By assembling key maritime actors from Cotê d’Ivoir, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Denmark, and abroad, the KAIPTC showed their unique ability to convene across borders on a matter that inherently is border crossing.

 

The Danish Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Tove Degnbol, expressed satisfaction with the conference: “As a seafaring nation, we have an obligation to reduce the threats resulting from maritime crime and piracy in order to ensure the safety for both Danish seafarers and international shipping. This conference is one of many initiatives in West Africa supporting that strategy”.

 

The conference was organised as part of the multilateral cooperation between the Governments of Denmark, Ghana, and Nigeria on enhancing maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

 

A reception at the Danish Embassy concluded the conference and congregated the participants with stakeholders of the industry and other European donors engaged in the maritime domain.



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