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African Union Experts’ Workshop on Maritime Security

On 4/13/2010 3:53:41 PM Phillip J. Heyl, Chief of Air and Maritime Security in Strategy, Plans and Programs, U.S. Africa Command wrote:

I recently returned from the African Union (AU) sponsored Experts’ Workshop on Maritime Security in Addis Ababa from 6-7 April 2010.

The goal of the workshop was to generate discussion leading to specific inputs for the construct of a continental strategy for the African maritime domain. Illegal fishing, illegal dumping of toxic wastes, arms and drug trafficking, human trafficking, piracy, and armed robbery at sea were featured prominently in numerous presentations. The workshop succeeded in gathering a variety of experts who reached broad consensus on the need for a maritime strategy and continued emphasis on cooperative operations to enforce African maritime laws.

Safe, secure, and clean seas in Africa are of shared African and global interest. It was clear from this meeting at the AU that African military and maritime leaders recognize the importance of a secure maritime domain and are taking steps to address significant issues. For example, the AU’s Plan of Action for the Maritime Transport Charter accepted last October is an important move toward improving maritime security in Africa. Delegates at this meeting discussed the need for an overarching vision to tie the various individual countries’ efforts together regionally. African maritime security strategy led by Africans, supported by committed global partnerships, will benefit African economies and the global market.

Maritime Security and Economic Development

The following blog is by Phillip J. Heyl, chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, U.S. Africa Command:

I just returned from a Consultative Workshop to develop a Maritime Security Strategy for Africa. The workshop focused on the role of Maritime Security on economic development: Not only in deterring threats to security from illegal activities such as illicit trafficking in drugs, arms and humans, and illegal fishing, but also on the positive effects of effective port security and extractive resource security in the maritime domain.

This workshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the discussion was led by the African Center for Strategic Studies and hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation. The Brenthurst Foundation is a Johannesburg-based think-tank focused on African development. Included were senior military and civilian leaders from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa. We were also joined by our partners from Department of State, DoD(policy), U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Institute for Strategic Studies (South Africa).

The working group will report its recommendations for a comprehensive Maritime Strategy to the African Union by the first of April 2010.

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