Under this pillar, IMO has delivered a number of equipment programmes in an effort to develop maritime situational awareness in the region. The aim is to create a more holistic approach to countering piracy by generating maritime awareness and sharing information on incidents to ensure a coordinated response. Working Group 2 on Capacity Building Coordination is currently chaired by Seychelles with Somalia, as deputy Chair.
IMO is working to develop signatory States’ maritime situational awareness for improved maritime law enforcement. Projects to increase the effective use of terrestrial automatic identification systems (AIS), long-range identification and tracking of ships (LRIT), coastal radar and other sensors and systems have been undertaken and will continue. This is aimed at providing States with a ‘picture’ of maritime activity throughout the region, thus contributing to enhanced maritime safety and security.
Capacity Building Coordination Matrix
The Capacity Building Matrix is a tool hosted in the Members’ Only portal within the DCoC website that captures needs and priorities of DCoC countries under the thematic areas drawn from the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, to include Maritime Governance, ISPS Code Compliance, Maritime Security (Law Enforcement) and the new and emerging threats (Cyber Security).
Since the launch of the matrix in June 2022 at the Dubai High Level Meeting, requests to populate the matrix have been sent out to 20 countries listed in the platform. Member states under the DCoC have shown cooperation in populating the CB matrix thereby giving impetus to the work the region is doing in the implementation of the code.
Friends of the DCoC/JA that request for access into the matrix can assess the various needs of the member states and customize technical assistance to that effect, thereby reducing wastage, minimizing duplicity and boost synergy. It is also a way to enhance collaborative engagement for implementing partners that have similar mandates.