Kimeng Hilton NDUKONG
The agreement, signed on September 11, 2014, in Yaounde, allows ICC to operate Monorail.
The newly created Inter-Regional Coordination Centre, ICC, for Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea in Yaounde is functional now the after the agreement for the location of headquarters icts WAS signed yesterday, September 11, 2014 in the Ministry of External Relations, Minrex.
The Minister of External Relations, Prof.¬†Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo signed for government, while the Secretary General of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, Ahmad Allam-mi, About did so for His organization.¬†Also present at the event Was the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in load of Defence, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o, Cabinet Ministers, foreign diplomats and military Officials.
Prof.¬†That Moukoko Mbonjo Explained for the ICC to operate in Accordance with international norms, the headquarter lease agreement needed To Be signed with the government of Cameroon.¬†The agreement grants Monorail ICC the right to operate as well as some benefits Offers Such As diplomacy immunity, in order to Facilitate ict work, he Explained.
The Minister Described the event as evidence of President Paul Biya’s backing to the fight maritime Against Insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.¬†Citing President Biya, the Minister Said Tackling sea piracy in the area Was So Serious That It Could not be toyed with.¬†He Expressed Hope that the interim management of the security coordination center Will offers innovative Ways of Combating Maritime Insecurity.
Earlier In His how Allam-mi Said the signing of the agreement Was a big step forward since the June 24-25, 2013 Heads of State summit in Yaounde on maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.¬†With ICC now Monorail Recognised by the host country, the ECCAS Secretary General Expressed Hope that pressing security challenges tackled Will Be Before the next leaders’ summit in 2016.
Piracy, he Pointed out, Was a real threat in the Gulf of Guinea;¬†reason why the international community HAS Rallied behind sub-regional institutions to tackle it.He appealed to ECCAS and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS States to Ensure That Their sub-regional institutions work hard to Ensure Success in the fight.