Accra, Ghana: Maritime security continues to remain a priority on the regional, continental, and international scene. Unlike the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden, where maritime threats have lessened significantly, the same cannot be said for the Gulf of Guinea. This region is notorious for maritime threats such as piracy and human trafficking.
The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training (KAIPTC), with support from the German government, therefore initiated the 7th series of the Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime course to train participants and equip them with relevant skills, expertise and best practices to counter piracy and transnational organized crimes in general.
The Deputy Commandant of KAIPTC, Brigadier General Irvine Aryeetey, in his address said that “With regard to peace, Africa as a continent has made significant progress in the last decade and the Centre has been privileged to have contribute to this development”.
He assured participants of a very informative course, as experienced facilitators have been assembled to deliver and share with them best practices, lessons learned and experiences they have gained on the field; he urged the participants to contribute extensively in discussions, to exchange ideas and experiences and to establish profitable relationships with one another.
Participants comprise ECOWAS Maritime Security Structure Government officials, operational level staffers of Legislative Bodies/Policymakers, Police, Maritime Police, Navy and Militaries.