Inauguration of the Interregional Coordination Center for Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea
France is partnering a new tool for securing maritime areas off the Gulf of Guinea: the Interregional Coordination Centre for maritime security. Concluding the Yaoundé talks for safety and maritime security, the Interregional Coordination Center aims to unite the forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of the States of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (CGG) to fight against piracy and armed robbery at sea.
The Interregional Coordination Centre for maritime security will be inaugurated on Thursday, September 11th, at the Ministry of External Relations of Cameroon, with the signature of the Headquarters Agreement. The day before, our Special Representative of the fight against piracy will hold the first 2014 meeting of the Friends of the Gulf of Guinea, as part of the G7 agenda, together with a dozen of other countries and organizations. The purpose of this meeting will be to coordinate the support of international partners for naval and maritime, police and judiciary cooperation, as well as capacity building and development strategy.
Acts of piracy and armed robbery have risen from 56 in 2010 to 130 in 2013 in the Gulf of Guinea. Indeed, this area of the Atlantic Ocean is crucial to the economies of West and Central Africa. Following resolutions 2018 (2011) and 2039 (2012) of the Security Council of the United Nations, the riparian states have made firm commitments to combat the scourge of piracy and coordinate their actions to secure the Gulf of Guinea, with support of the international community. The launch of the Interregional Coordination Centre embodies these commitments, providing a common operational tool for maritime safety and security.