Gulf of Guinea maritime safety Summit – A summit on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea will be held on 17 April in Yaounde, Cameroon.
The decision to hold the summit was taken at an inter- ministerial meeting that ended on Tuesday in Cotonou, Benin.
At the summit, Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will adopt legal instruments for cooperation and for inter-community Gulf of Guinea maritime safety strategy.
The adoption of the documents will establish a concrete basis for policy interactions, both strategically and operationally, in order to allow the two regional economic groups to conduct joint operations to cope with illegal activities at sea from the Senegal to Angola.
The documents include the Memorandum of Agreement among ECOWAS, ECCAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) on the maritime safety and security in West and Central¬† Africa , the policy statement of the Heads of State and Government on the maritime safety and security in the West and Central Africa, as well as the Code of Conduct concerning the fight against piracy, armed robbery and illegal maritime activities in West and Central Africa.
The three documents were validated by the inter-ministerial meeting in Cotonou.