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Dakar hosts an international meeting on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea GoGIN, an EU-funded project, supports 27 maritime centres in the region Dakar, 5 April 2019 – Maritime security and safety are at the core of the Gulf of Guinea InterRegional Network’s (GoGIN) Project Advisory Committee that will take place on 9 and 10 April in Dakar, Senegal. Representatives of 27 maritime centres of 19 coastal countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) will share their state of play and discuss about the action plan for the next two years of GoGIN, the interregional network of the Gulf of Guinea. For most of the countries in the Gulf of Guinea, the security of the maritime domain is paramount to develop and guarantee the sustainability of their “Blue Economy”, which touches upon different sectors including fisheries, tourism, transport, trade, offshore exploitation and more. With this goal in mind, at the 2013 Yaoundé Summit, ECOWAS, ECCAS and GGC Member States adopted a new code of conduct and a memorandum of understanding. The Yaoundé Code of Conduct established a new interregional architecture composed by 27 interconnected maritime centres – including 19 national centres –to ensure security at sea and to curb illegal fishing, illicit trafficking, piracy and maritime criminality. The European Union supports regional organisations and individual countries for operation of these centres through different instruments, among which the project GoGIN. After more than two years of implementation, GoGIN brings together its stakeholders in Dakar to take stock of the project’s results and to discuss an action plan for the next two years. GoGIN and its partners will analyse what needs to be done to support the centres to become fully operational, while identifying priorities in terms of training activities, recommendations, information systems and legal assessment. With the national navy and a number of maritime bodies within its government, Senegal, the host country, is a major player on maritime security matters in the region. Among other efforts, the establishment of HASSMAR, the authority in charge of coordinating maritime safety and security and protection of the marine environment, outlines the commitment of the Senegalese authorities to strengthen maritime governance. Linked to the Office of the Prime Minister, HASSMAR has real operational duties and it is and placed under the technical supervision of the Ministry of the Armed Force. The authority of HASSMAR is extended to maritime and inland waters under Senegalese jurisdiction, with search-and-rescue competences in the maritime zone placed under Senegalese responsibility by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Project of Critical Maritime Routes Programme. GoGIN funded by European Union and Government of Denmark. Implemented by Expertise France Projet du Programme Routes maritimes critiques. GoGIN financé par l’Union européenne et le gouvernement du Danemark, mis en œuvre par Expertise France


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The participants attending the meeting will have the opportunity to meet stakeholders based in Dakar working in the maritime sector (administration, companies, professional organisations, elected representatives) during a cocktail party.

Project of Critical Maritime Routes Programme. GoGIN funded by European Union and Government of Denmark. Implemented by Expertise France Projet du Programme Routes maritimes critiques. GoGIN financé par l’Union européenne et le gouvernement du Danemark, mis en œuvre par Expertise France


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ADDITIONAL Information The EU-project GoGIN (Gulf of Guinea Inter-Regional Network) aims to improve maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea in order to foster blue economy and the economic development of the countries. With this goal in mind, the project provides technical support to the national structures in charge of curbing illicit maritime activities, as well as assisting to vessels and people and tackling marine pollution. Moreover, in line with its objectives, GoGIN also supports the transnational structures of the Yaoundé Architecture in accordance with their established rules and responsibilities. GoGIN is a 4-year project implemented by Expertise France with a €9.2 M budget funded by the European Union and the Kingdom of Denmark. GoGIN is part of the Critical Maritime Routes Programme, an initiative launched and funded by the European Union. For more information, follow @GoGIN_Project on Twitter , visit the website or contact Isabelle Gachie Vinson, Communication Officer at isabelle.gachie@gogin.eu. Yaoundé Architecture (available on the ICC website) In June 2013, the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon, to lay the basis for a common regional strategy to prevent and prosecute illicit activities in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea. The Yaoundé Summit led to the creation of three mechanisms: the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, the Heads of States Declaration and the Memorandum of Understanding between regional organisations. This set of instruments inspired the elaboration of the Yaoundé Architecture, illustrated by the picture above. The Yaoundé Architecture comprises the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC), the coordination and information-sharing structure which connects the Regional Maritime Security Centre for Central Africa (CRESMAC) and the Regional Maritime Security Centre for Western Africa (CRESMAO). The coastal space is divided into 5 operational maritime zones where activities are coordinated by five Multinational Coordination Centres (MCC). At the national level, Operational Maritime Centres (MOC) envisaged in each country gather the main stakeholders connected to the state action at sea (maritime police, customs, fisheries and environment protection), as well as the national navies in charge of the coordination. Project of Critical Maritime Routes Programme. GoGIN funded by European Union and Government of Denmark. Implemented by Expertise France Projet du Programme Routes maritimes critiques. GoGIN financé par l’Union européenne et le gouvernement du Danemark, mis en œuvre par Expertise France


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Expertise France is the French international technical cooperation agency. It designs and implements projects which aim to contribute to the balanced development of partner countries, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda and the priorities of France’s external action. www.expertisefrance.fr

Project of Critical Maritime Routes Programme. GoGIN funded by European Union and Government of Denmark. Implemented by Expertise France Projet du Programme Routes maritimes critiques. GoGIN financé par l’Union européenne et le gouvernement du Danemark, mis en œuvre par Expertise France

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