The IMO has signed an agreement with Germany to combat pirate attacks on African ships

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The IMO has signed an agreement with Germany to combat pirate attacks on African ships

The water signed a 2 million euro agreement with Germany to improve the implementation of Yaoundé Code of Conduct (YCC)according to which the countries of West and Central Africa are committed to combating piracy, armed robbery against ships and illegal activities in the seas of the region.

she IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim he met with Miguel Berger, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Germany to the IMO, to commemorate the signing of the agreement and highlight the importance of supporting the countries of the Gulf of Guinea region in addressing illegal maritime activity.

The agreement was signed on November 20 by the IMO and the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO).

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The allocation of funds for this two-year project aims to strengthen the implementation of the Code and improve maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The support goes to the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC), as well as regional and national bodies of the YCC architecture.

to ensure a sustainable process of developing maritime security governance in the Gulf of Guinea

Among other things, the project will provide direct support to the Interregional Coordination Center (ICC), based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The center has a strategic role in the development of regional cooperation.

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The 2013 Code of Conduct on the Suppression of Piracy, Armed Robbery against Ships and Illicit Maritime Activities in West and Central Africa (Yaoundé Code of Conduct) constitutes a comprehensive regional maritime security framework to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships, as well as others. Illegal activities in the ocean, such as illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, drug smuggling, and others.