What we do:
Development of an interregional IT network for information sharing between maritime authorities. This includes procurement of hardware and software, as well as technical support and training.
Establishment of regular working groups with officials and stakeholders focusing on topics such as data exchange and analysis, steering, action plans and pilot projects. Working groups are coordinated by the two Regional Centres for Maritime Security – the CRESMAO in Abidjan and the CRESMAC in Pointe Noire – and by the Interregional Coordination Centre in Yaoundé.
This is leading to the development of a specific cooperation methodology in accordance with the Code of Conduct on the repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships, and illicit maritime activity in West and Central Africa, adopted at the June 2013 Summit of Heads of State in Yaoundé – also known as the Yaoundé Process.
Development and dissemination of shared culture, know-how and best practice in maritime security throughout the Gulf of Guinea region. This involves follow-up of trainings with maritime universities, online learning platforms and regular crisis response exercises.
Who we are?
GoGIN supplies support staff to manage the various activities. To support implementation of its activities, two GoGIN experts are at the heart of the project, one alongside the CRESMAO Director in Abidjan and the other one alongside the CRESMAC Director in Pointe Noire. Additionally, 12 dedicated experts and trainers are travelling on specific missions in beneficiary countries to assist regional and national maritime agencies and stakeholders.
The security threats are multiple and diverse. Sadly, the area covered by GoGIN is rife with criminal or illegitimate activity — from piracy, kidnappings and armed robbery at sea; to the drug, human beings, timber, waste etc trafficking Reliable data are hard to come by. The World Bank, for example, estimates that $350 million in the region is lost due to illegal fishery each year. But the actual damage is probably much higher. This represents a huge cost for the economies and societies of West and Central Africa, mortgaging the future of coastal communities and the wellbeing of the population at large.
The Project’s main objectives is to contribute to improving safety and maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea through supporting the implementation of the Summit conclusions and the Yaoundé Code of Conduct and the empowerment of the regional architecture. GoGIN does this by combining development of technical tools and methods as well as reinforcement of common knowledge and know-hows necessary to ensure effective implementation of cross-sectorial information sharing, steering and coordination mechanisms between all relevant State actors at regional level. GoGIN experts work in partnership with each of the key actors, nationally, regionally and globally.