Navies from Africa, US attend Abuja maritime security conference

Dr. Dakuku Peterside, former Director General of NIMASA

No fewer than eight navies from Africa and 16 from other countries including the United States, Brazil and some European countries are expected at the Global Maritime Security Conference (GMSC) starting in Abuja from today Monday October 7 to Wednesday October 9.

The conference is organised by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to address pertinent security issues in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain.

“So, we have full representation. We have navies from 38 countries coming for the conference, including two Rear Admirals from the United States. The global naval community is well represented at the conference. We are also bringing the Head of Liberian Coast Guard, we are bringing the heads of coast guards from 27 countries. We have clearly confirmed over 500 foreigners coming for the conference and over 2,000 persons have registered for the Global Maritime Security Conference, said Dakuku Peterside, Director General of NIMASA.    

According to Peterside, who is also Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), “this is a tactical conference between developing countries, developed countries and high international partners to find solution to a problem that is affecting global commerce.

“Ninety per cent of commerce is conducted via seaborne trade, so whatever affects seaborne trade affects global commerce and has direct impact on development and quality of living of a people.

“At the end of the conference, we are expected to come up with the Abuja Declaration on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea, which will be a document that will be a consensus agreement of all participants regarding what needs to be done to address the deteriorating situation. There will be a defined roadmap to deal with maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.”

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