Maritime information and intelligence
Press Release – october 2019
The Gulf of Guinea presents major challenges in terms of maritime security. It is one of the busiest maritime crossroads in the world. Not only is the economy of West and Central African countries closely dependent on maritime trade, but it is also a strategic area for external economies, particularly in Asia and Europe. The main threats identified are piracy, IUU fishing and overexploitation of resources, pollution, as well as various types of trafficking (weapons, drugs, human beings, smuggling, etc.), which are criminal acts of a cross-border nature.
In order to combat these threats, the Gulf of Guinea countries have adopted regional maritime security strategies. To make these commitments effective, a real architecture of regional cooperation has gradually been put in place. At its top, the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC) and the Regional Maritime Security Centers (CRESMAC/CRESMAO), which have a role in information collection and analysis. Below are the Multinational Maritime Coordination Centers (MMCCs) which have the ability to coordinate operations, particularly when they involve several States. Within each State there is a maritime operational center, the basis of Yaoundé’s architecture.
The ability of the different actors to collect, analyze, and disseminate information in order to target illegal or risky activities, define control strategies and guide responses is a key factor for success. This is why the Interregional Maritime Security Institute (ISMI) is offering training on maritime information and intelligence from 08 to 11 October 2019.
Twenty auditors from 13 Gulf of Guinea countries – officers from maritime operational centers and coordination centers, ship commanders, intelligence officers – are expected. Journalists are invited to attend the opening ceremony of this training course which will be held at the Regional Academy of Marine Sciences and Techniques (ARSTM – Yopougon, Niangon) on Tuesday, October 08, 2019 at 9:00 am.
– Maylis TERTRAIS-VIEL, ISMI financial and administrative manager, deputy regional coordinator for State action at sea in the gulf of Guinea (firstname.lastname@example.org)
– Chantal KOFFI, communication officer of ARSTM and ISMI (email@example.com)
– Annexa GOVI, logistic coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)