IGAD to chair Maritime Security Coordination Committees with Somalia
t was agreed by all parties that IGAD will jointly share the chair with Somalia on the Maritime Security Coordination Committees (MSCC’s) that bring along Somali Federal Member States and Somaliland and also take the lead in transitioning which would give Somalia ownership of the counter-piracy initiatives as well as implement and monitor progress of the recommendations of the 3rdJune 2016 Communiqué.
Some of the key recommendations to note are; that a sustainable solution to piracy is ashore, that stabilization efforts in Somalia by the African Union Mission and Somalia Security Forces are recognized; that appreciation is given to the the continuous efforts and commitment of the International Community in particular the contribution by the UN Trust Fund donors in supporting the National and Regional Action to combat piracy and to promote maritime safety and security off the coast of Somalia as well as encourage the states of the region to cooperate at bilateral and multilateral levels to secure the Maritime domain.
The Communiqué follows suit the Djibouti Declaration of 15 May 2016 ESA-IO Ministerial Meeting that affirmed the importance of considering other maritime security threats and transnational organized crimes, in particular fisheries crime while maintaining the current regional focus on Somalia, Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean region.
The committees bring together Somali members and multiple agencies working and having operations inside Somalia such as EUCAP NESTOR, Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), EUNAVFOR and United Nations.
Other organisations represented were; African Union, BIMCO, Cardiff University, Combined Maritime Forces, Danish Ship Owners Association, European Union (including EUCAP NESTOR and EU NAVFOR) Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERPOL, Indian Ocean Commission, International Maritime Organization (IMO), M & C Saatchi, NATO, Norwegian Ship Owners Association and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) .
In attendance were the following countries; Somalia delegation that included representatives from the Federal Government, Galmadug, Jubbaland, Puntland and Somaliland, Kenya, Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom and the United States of America (USA).