Fighting Maritime Crimes in Gulf of Guinea
Ensuring that trade and travel by sea are as secure as possible is a key element of IMO's work and mandate.
International Maritime Organization (IMO) took part in the Global Maritime Security Conference held in Nigeria (7-9 October) to look at maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea as well as potential solutions to address maritime threats in the region.
IMO's Assistant Secretary-General Lawrence Barchue, speaking on behalf of IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, highlighted that incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the waters off West Africa has the highest reported rate globally and it has become an established criminal activity of very serious concern.
He said that "IMO will assist its Member States in enhancing their ability to address maritime security challenges and continue to support the implementation of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct".
Under the theme "Managing and Securing our Waters" over 80 nations were represented at the event which covered more than eleven thematic panels ranging from maritime governance to technology deployment and regulatory issues.
A list of recommendation was adopted to boost the capacity of maritime security stakeholders and move to end maritime insecurity in the region.