IMO is supporting countries from the Gulf of Guinea region (an area prone to piracy) in their plans to enhance maritime security. Participants from 10 countries last week took part in a workshop in Monterey, US, on developing and refining their work plans. This included introducing new topics directly related to the successful implementation of maritime security strategies—such as negotiation skills for secure political and inter-Ministerial cooperation.
The workshop was organised by the US Department of State-funded Center for Civil Military Relations (CCMR). It was the second of three events. A workshop in Abidjan was held in March 2018 and the final event is due to take place in Yaoundé in March 2019.
Participants from Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Togo, as well as international partners such as INTERPOL and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office were in attendance, informed a release.