Gulf of Guinea: States Must Trust One Another

Gulf of Guinea States should build trust among each other and accept a loss of Strategic Sovereignty over maritime space, this is one of the recommendations of the third parallel session of the ongoing GMSC with the theme “Ensuring Maritime Security In The Gulf Of Guinea: Effective Regional Cooperation And Roles Of International Partners” which was moderated by Dr. Kwesi Aning, Director, Faculty of Academic Affairs and research at the Koffi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre with the Lead Speaker Commodore Loic Mouduma, Deputy Chief of Gabon Navy.

The Panellists also recommended amongst others; the establishment of a working group at the CIC level to reflect on the formation of an International Joint Naval Group in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea as well as Launching of the Maritime Unit within the African Union for informed and collective mutual policy. The Panel which also had Rear Admiral Gilles BOIDEVEZI of the French Navy, Mr. Phillip Heyl, CEO of Heyl Group and Lotte Taylor a Member of EU Delegation on ECOWAS to Nigeria. The panel which also recommended Strong bilateral cooperation among border countries to close the dead zones that traffickers use to commit crimes also had members such as Dr. Gilberto Da Piedade, Global maritime security conference #GMSC2019 03 the Deputy Executive secretary for Political affairs of the Gulf of Guinea Commission and Tracy Peverett, Deputy Director Sub Division of Maritime Security and Facilitation, IMO. All the recommendations would be brought to the larger house at the final day of the conference to form part of the Abuja declaration.

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