Last Update 20:45
Sunday, 17 November 2019

West Africa piracy threatens regional trade plans: Ghana minister

AFP , Wednesday 24 Jul 2019
anti-piracy mission
A Spanish EU Naval Force boat on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Guinea (Photo courtesy of EU Naval Force)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1896
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1896

Piracy in the waters off West Africa threatens plans to bolster regional trade, Ghana's defence minister warned Wednesday, as navy chiefs discussed efforts to secure the troubled waters.

The Gulf of Guinea is the most dangerous stretch of sea for pirate attacks in the world, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The IMB said 62 seafarers were taken hostage or abducted in the area in the first half of 2019, accounting for 73 percent of kidnappings and 92 percent of hostage-takings at sea worldwide.

Earlier this month a group of ten Turkish sailors were kidnapped by alleged pirates off the coast of Nigeria.

"The threats to maritime security and safety transcend borders and have the propensity to affect international trade hence a threat to one coastal nation is a threat to all nations; coastal or landlocked," Ghana's minister for defence Dominic Nitiwul told a major maritime conference in Accra.

"The sea is the super highway for global trade and Africa's quest for a Continental Free Trade Area cannot be successful without a secured maritime domain."

The two-day gathering in the Ghanaian capital -- which included a delegation from the US navy -- also focused on illegal fishing, oil thefts, and human and drug trafficking.

"Today piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea continue to pose a significant threat to regional and international shipping," Ghana's navy head Seth Amoama said.

"Threats including illegal oil bunkering, kidnapping for ransom, illegal fishing and drug trafficking are common across our oceans, transnational crimes not only threaten national peace and stability they also come at great cost to the economies."

African nations this month officially launched a landmark trade agreement, hailed as a historic step towards bolstering commerce across the continent.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.