Strengthening regional co-operation to up maritime security


States in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden area adopted a plan of action to ensure better co-ordination of regional efforts to enhance maritime security.

During a high-level regional meeting in Mombasa this month (November), signatory states to the revised Code of Conduct concerning repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden Area (the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct 2017) agreed to establish a governance framework to implement the code.

A steering committee will be established along with working groups on information sharing and co-ordination. This should ensure better co-ordination of capacity building through efforts to leverage synergies, avoid duplication of effort and achieve better collaboration with donors and implementing partners, to promote improved programmes dealing with a range of maritime security threats in the region.

The working group on information sharing will spearhead work development of an information sharing network, including the establishment of multi-agency national maritime information sharing centres. There will be support for development of regional maritime information sharing centres.

The working group on co-ordination of effort will champion capacity building efforts, including enhancing maritime domain awareness and co-ordination of training activities.

The Mombasa meeting was jointly organised by IMO (International Maritime Organisation) and Kenya with financial assistance from the United Kingdom.