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Information Sharing - Working Group 1

Following a round of discussions from working groups at the High Level Meeting on Capacity Building Coordination for Enhanced Maritime Security in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden and Donor Forum, held in Mombasa, Kenya, between the 13th  and 14th November 2019, it was agreed that the implementation of the DCoC(JA) shall be delivered under a governance framework that comprises a Steering Committee, a Working Group on Information Sharing and a Working Group on Capacity Building Coordination. These terms of reference are applicable to the Working Group on Information Sharing (hereinafter referred to as Working Group 1).

Working Group 1 acknowledges the Information Sharing Centres (ISCs) in the North, South and East Africa as envisioned under DCoC/JA.

The Working Group will consider the current Information sharing Centres as stipulated in the Code but may also recognize other centres with capabilities in a bid to establish a strong Information Sharing Network as envisaged by the Code.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Working Group 1 shall develop a Work Plan highlighting the short, medium and long term plans relevant to areas of information sharing within the parameters of the DCoC(JA) and submit this to the Steering Committee for recommendations to the DCOC JA National Focal Points meeting for its approval and endorsement.
  • Working Group 1 shall monitor the ongoing delivery of the Work Plan, providing reports on delivery implementation to the Steering Committee, highlighting any issues along with appropriate recommendations for their mitigation, at least ten (10) working days in advance of each Steering Committee meeting.
  • Working Group 1 shall develop common Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines to streamline the DCoC(JA) information sharing network and provide these to the Steering Committee for their approval.
  • Working Group 1 shall coordinate (voluntary) assessments of National Maritime Information Centres (NMICs) to inform areas of technical assistance Signatory States may require.
  • Working Group 1 shall ensure effective programme management consistent with the principles of transparency and accountability.
  • Working Group 1 shall provide ad hoc updates, technical advice and guidance to the Steering Committee as and when requested by the Steering Committee.
  • Working Group 1 shall follow the decisions and direction provided by the Steering Committee.

More details on the Terms of Reference on Working Group One on Information Sharing can be downloaded below: