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70 countries to attend Maritime Security Conference in Nigeria

   …As Conference gets
OPEC support

Dr. Dakuku Peterside


Over 70 countries have indicated interest to
participate in the forth-coming maritime security conference scheduled to take
place in Abuja, Nigeria from October 7-9, as confirmed by the Chairman of the
Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside.

A key issue for discussion during the conference will
be the Gulf of Guinea security, which has affected trade facilitation in most
West and Central African countries.
Worthy of note is the fact that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting
Countries (OPEC) has commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for accepting
to host the upcoming Global Maritime Security Conference, saying the talks will
go a long way in addressing security concerns in the maritime domain of the
entire Gulf of Guinea.
Dr. Peterside said the conference would provide
a platform for stakeholders of all shades to brainstorm and collectively find
solutions to the challenge of maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea. And as t
he Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) also, he assured participants of a successful event in Nigeria.
“We shall have a no-holds-barred discussion on security
in the Gulf of Guinea at the conference, which promises to be a watershed event
in the history of maritime security in Africa and, indeed, the world,” Dakuku

Secretary-General of OPEC Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo gave
the commendation in a statement to the organising committee of the conference.

Barkindo noted in the statement that the Gulf of Guinea
was strategic to the stability of oil production globally. He said the area was
a major shipping route and any infraction there would be felt beyond the

According to him, “The strategic importance of the Gulf
of Guinea is undisputed and any disruptions in the area has a direct negative
impact on our industry and, indeed, is of global concern. This conference is
timely in bringing together the relevant and critical stakeholders to allow
them to discuss in a constructive manner what concerted action could be
undertaken to ensure the sustainable use and long term security of this
important and strategic body of ocean.”

Barkindo said the conference would create renewed
confidence in investment in the oil and gas sector in the Gulf of Guinea, with
a multiplier effect of addressing the challenges associated with the sector
The Global Maritime Security Conference 2019 is a
high-level meeting meant to facilitate a clearer understanding of the
challenges of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea region. It is intended to
develop tailored solutions as well as coordinate efforts at strengthening
regional and international collaborations to eliminate maritime threats in the

Participants expected at the conference include Relevant Government
Ministries and Agencies, Navies and Coast Guards, Regulatory Bodies, Maritime
Lawyers and Professionals, Foreign Missions and Diplomats, Policy Makers and
Researchers, Institutions and Nongovernmental Organisations, among others.

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