Cameroon to host summit on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea – A summit on piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea will be held in Yaound√©, Cameroon, in April, according to Miguel Trovoada, the Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission.
Trovoada, a former president of Sao Tome and Principe, gave this indication Thursday in Brazzaville, Congo, after a meeting with the Congolese Head of State, Denis Sassou Nguesso.
‘Our sub-region of Central Africa is experiencing huge problems, especially maritime piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea. A Summit of Heads of State is scheduled for April in Yaound√© to tackle the issue,’ Trovoada said.
‘We will thoroughly analyze this issue as part of resolutions of the UN Security Council on piracy and see to what extent we can build a comprehensive and integrated strategy to combat these phenomena,’ he added.
The summit will be organized with the support of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of African States (ECOWAS), the Gulf of Guinea Commission (CGG), the African Union (AU), the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Regional Office of the United Nations for Central Africa (UNOCA), the Maritime Organization of the West and Central Africa (MOWCA) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
According to recent reports of the International Maritime Bureau, 34 attacks were reported in the Gulf of Guinea between January and September 2012, against the 30 in 2011.
With the exception of Sudan and Chad, all oil-producing countries in sub-Saharan Africa are located in the Gulf of Guinea.
They are Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.