Maritime Security: legal audits in 5 Guinea Gulf States
PUBLISHED ON: August 31st, 2018
As part of the GoGIN project, legal audits have been being conducted jointly with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) throughout the first half of 2018. The purpose of these evaluation is to review the status of the legal framework for maritime security for the Guinea Gulf states, and more specifically for the five countries selected to date, namely: Liberia, Senegal, Cabo Verde, Guinea Conakry and Sierra Leone.
The legal framework for maritime security in the Guinea Gulf states is one of the component covered today by GoGIN (Gulf of Guinea Inter-Regional Network). In particular, GoGIN provides support in the the definition of the legal framework for the exchange of maritime information between the states and regional actors, as well as in the reinforcement of legal frameworks for maritime interventions.Read More
During the second half of 2018, this component will be provided by the future regional projects, SWAIMS (Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security) for the ECOWAS zone, and PASSMAR (Support Program for Maritime Safety and Security Strategy) in Central Africa for the ECCAS zone. These two regional projects will entrust this action to UNODC, which has already carried out numerous missions in this field in the Gulf of Guinea.
Joint legal audits with UNODC
In this perspective, GoGIN has approached UNODC to jointly lead missions in order to assess the legal capacities of the countries of this region in the field of repression of illegal maritime activities It aims at being able to propose potential areas for improvement and capacity building that can be implemented by regional projects.
This evaluation includes an inventory of the ratifications of the main international maritime conventions (UNCLOS, SOLAS, MARPOL, SUA, Vienna 1988, Palermo 2000…), their translation into domestic law, the organization of the judicial and repressive system (competent courts, offenses, penalties applicable, detention procedures, use of force, collection of evidence…), cooperation between administrations, bilateral and multilateral cooperation, particularly in extradition, etc.
A country assessment mission
A mission is planned for each of the five selected countries. The first assessment mission, conducted in close coordination with H.E. Ambassador Hélène Cavé, Head of the European Union Delegation in Monrovia, was completed in Liberia in mid-April and received the full support of the Liberian authorities.
Another mission was held in Senegal from April 23-28, under the guidance of the Legal Adviser of the High Authority for Safety and Maritime Safety in Senegal (HASSMAR), Judge Ousmane Diouf, and by Giuseppe Sernia from UNODC. A third mission was conducted in early May in Cabo Verde by Giuseppe Sernia and Marta Chantal Ribeiro, legal expert, GoGIN project.
The missions to Guinea and Sierra Leone will take place by the summer of 2018.
Maritime security: GoGIN organises the first crisis communication training
PUBLISHED ON: August 29th, 2018
Vocational training on crisis communication is organised by the Inter-regional Network for the Gulf of Guinea, GoGIN, from 9 to 18 April in Abidjan on the campus of the Regional Academy of Science and Technology of the Sea (ARSTM). This training offer will cover all the needs of professionals in the sector, including the evolution of new modes of communication and meeting the requirement of versatility teams.
Strengthen the management of crisis communication
The acts of piracy and robbery in the vast maritime area of the Gulf of Guinea are constantly increasing in number and violence. The navy engages in the field against the pirates, the centres as planned by the Architecture of Yaoundé are in the process of full operationalisation, the coastline is equipped with radars and semaphores, institutional and judicial reforms are being put in place, the data networking is being reinforced… Yet, it is important in each of these components to strengthen the management of communication. By improving crisis communication management, decision makers and partners will be able to control the information that will be delivered, and better highlight their activities. Today, this knowledge is still lacking.
In order to meet this need, a training in crisis communication is organised by the Inter-Regional Network for the Gulf of Guinea, GoGIN, from April 9 to 18, in Abidjan on the campus of the Regional Academy of Sciences and Techniques of the Sea (ARSTM), within the Institute of Interregional Maritime Safety (ISMI). This training is accredited by the Interregional Coordination Centre of Yaoundé.
This training offer will cover all the needs of professionals in the sector, including the evolution of new modes of communication and meeting the requirement of versatility teams.
10 days of training to master crisis communication
The authorities, directors of the maritime crises, as well as their deputies, heads of the teams have a growing need to be prepared and trained in the exercise of a communication in the field.
This training will be an asset in the knowledge of media and will offer practical training with three experienced journalists. At the end of these ten days, participants will be able to respond to traditional media, on a television platform or from a crisis management centre, or to manage social media relations and so on, and to avoid an uncontrolled buzz.
The training will convene 17 participants from 5 French-speaking countries (Benin, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon and Togo), crisis managers or high-level managers, who are in charge of communication, all of them, by their functions, are in the front line for their respective States, within national maritime crisis management structures or multinational and regional maritime coordination centres.
On April 18, at the end of an ambitious programme, where European and African professionals will come to share their experience, the training will be concluded by the closing ceremony and graduation.