Seafarers working on vessels throughout the Gulf of Guinea operate in arguably the most insecure maritime environment in the world. Effective law enforcement far out at sea has long been a challenge for most regional states. But changes are underway. A number of significant regional initiatives have been launched in 2021 to improve West African states' ability to combat piracy and other maritime security threats.
This seminar will discuss the implications of changes to West Africa's maritime security architecture and explore how these are assisting and amplifying regional capabilities.
Chair: Freedom C Onuoha, Coordinator, Security, Violence and Conflict Research Group, University of Nigeria
Jakob Larsen, Head of Maritime Safety and Security, BIMCO
Commander Yussif Benning, Director ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre Zone F
Pascaline Odoubourou, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at MaritimAfrica
Simultaneous French and English translation will be available.