The online event included discussions on how the Yaoundé Code of Conduct will function going forward. The Code’s main objective is to manage and reduce the adverse impacts from piracy, armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activities. It was adopted in 2013.
In his opening remarks, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted the urgency of the security situation in the Gulf of Guinea and the need for cooperation.
He also said that:
IMO, in collaboration with the G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea, will continue to support training and other capacity-building activities for individual Gulf of Guinea states as well as cooperative regional efforts
In addition, speaking at the event, IMO’s Acting Head of the Maritime Security Section, Gisela Vieira, emphasised that IMO is continuing to work with Member States via virtual platforms, despite much of the in-the-field work being on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For example, IMO’s Gulf of Guinea expert has conducted several virtual meetings with the Inter-regional coordination center (ICC) to discuss implementation, sustainability and to assess a possible need for revision of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct framework.
The FOGG included more than 80 participants from G7++ FoGG countries including West and Central Africa, international organizations and industry taking part.