Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission collaborates with European Union (EU) to tackle maritime insecurity along the West African coast.
Written by News Room on April 6, 2022
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission is collaborating with the European Union (EU) to tackle maritime insecurity along the West African coast.
Meeting in Abuja to develop the framework known as the ‘European Union-funded Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS) project’, the gathering which drew participants from all the ECOWAS member countries, is expected to review and refine modalities on the distribution of essential maritime security equipment across ECOWAS’ coastal countries.
Speaking on the modalities of the meeting, the Head of ECOWAS’ Regional Security Division, Colonel Abdourahmane Dieng, said that maritime insecurity is one of the most persistent and stubborn threats to maritime communities and economic prosperity in the sub-region.
According to him, ECOWAS launched its Integrated Maritime Strategy in 2014 with parameters for the development of the blue economy premised upon a coherent security framework.