Posted on August 27, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie
Top officials and governing bodies in Africa have joined together in a pledge to tackle the rising level of piracy in the region.
Joining the commitment to address the issue are the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC) and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).
The groups met to sign a resolution at the seventh meeting of the Regional Maritime Security Program.
They vowed to counter the rising problem of pirate attacks in their waters.
At the meeting, COMESA Assistant Secretary-General Kipyego Cheluget stressed the importance of addressing structural factors which could provide an opportunity for robbers.
Ivo Hoefkens was there representing the European Union, he repeated the EU's commitment to support Africa in developing its strategy and tools to tackle organised crime in the maritime industry.
The program also aims to measure and improve legal, legislative and infrastructure capacities, to tackle piracy and maritime crime in general, as well as breaking down financial networks that are related to these offences.