Strengthening Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden

Information sharing is essential for maritime security. Best practices for information sharing were the subject of a regional workshop at the Djibouti Regional Training Center, which brought together participants from 14 countries in the region.

The five-day IMO-led workshop (March 13-17) looked at ways to strengthen the regional information-sharing network to detect, deter and disrupt illegal activities at sea. The event, supported by subject matter experts from the UK and EU, also explored ways to tailor maritime domain awareness to address security challenges and how to interact with regional and international MDA networks at benefit of the region.

Participants developed planning tools for advancing a robust Information Sharing Network (ISN), including tools to help Member States establish National Information Sharing Centers.

Developing regional capabilities is a priority for states signatories to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct given the diminishing support from international naval forces in recent years, which saw the conclusion of the operation NATO’s Ocean Shield and the limited extension of authorization for international naval forces to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Signatory States also expressed their concerns about the impact of geopolitical events, such as the insurgency in northern Mozambique and the conflict in Yemen, threatening maritime security in the region, including attacks on ports, the deliberate targeting of ships and collateral damage.

The workshop was officially launched by His Excellency Otsuka Umio, Japanese Ambassador to Djibouti. The participants were 23 participants from 14 signatory states of the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct: Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Republic- United of Tanzania and Yemen.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Strengthening Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden

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