Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo has stated that the Global Maritime Security Conference slated for October 7-9, 2019 in Abuja will go a long way in addressing security concerns in the maritime domain of the entire Gulf of Guinea.
Commending the Federal Government of Nigeria for accepting to host the conference, Barkindo gave the commendation in a statement to the organising committee of the conference.
Barkindo noted that the Gulf of Guinea was strategic to the stability of oil production globally, saying the area was a major shipping route and any infraction there would be felt beyond the region.
“The strategic importance of the Gulf of Guinea is undisputed and any disruption in the area has a direct negative impact on our industry and, indeed, is of global concern. This conference is timely in bringing together the relevant and critical stakeholders to allow them to discuss in a constructive manner what concerted action could be undertaken to ensure the sustainable use and long term security of this important and strategic body of ocean,” he said.
Barkindo said the conference would create renewed confidence in investment in the oil and gas sector in the Gulf of Guinea, with a multiplier effect of addressing the challenges associated with the sector globally.
Speaking on the importance of the conference, the chairman of AAMA and the Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside said the conference would provide a platform for stakeholders of all shades to brainstorm and collectively find solutions to the challenge of maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.
Assuring participants a successful event in Nigeria, Peterside said “We shall have a no-holds-barred discussion on security in the Gulf of Guinea at the conference, which promises to be a watershed event in the history of maritime security in Africa and, indeed, the world.”
The Global Maritime Security Conference 2019 is a high-level meeting meant to facilitate a clearer understanding of the challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea region. It is intended to develop tailored solutions as well as coordinate efforts at strengthening regional and international collaborations to eliminate maritime threats in the region.
Expected participants include Relevant Government Ministries and Agencies, Navies and Coast Guards, Regulatory Bodies, Maritime Lawyers and Professionals, Foreign Missions and Diplomats, Policy Makers and Researchers, Institutions and Nongovernmental Organisations, among others.