By Kiruja Micheni
23 senior government officials from 11 DCoC signatory States* are attending a regional workshop on the “IMO whole of Government Approach to maritime security”, taking place at the Djibouti Regional Training Centre (DRTC), Djibouti (22-25 Nov 2021). The IMO led workshop supports the objectives of the Jeddah Amendment to promote inter-agency cooperation and whole of government approach to maritime security, focusing on developing national capability, thus building strong foundations for greater regional cooperation.
The workshop teaches skills and provides an IMO model for developing a National Maritime Security Committee, National Maritime Security Risk Register and National Maritime Security Strategy.
While visiting the workshop, H.E. Otsuka Umio, Japanese Ambassador to Djibouti, thanked IMO for developing the programme and underscored the importance of provisions of the DCoC/JA in enhancing maritime security in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.
The course is funded through a Japanese contribution to the Djibouti Code of Conduct Trust Fund.
* Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, and Yemen