Credit to Africa’s maritime safety and security efforts: Lord

13 May 2019 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) – Africa has done a lot that deserves credit and celebration when it comes to maritime safety and security, said Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Windhoek, Peter Lord.
Speaking here on Monday during the opening of the African Maritime Security Conference, Lord said Africa has done a lot, particularly in the last decade to ensure maritime safety and security and an important part of that success is communicating it.
The Africa Maritime Conference runs from 13 to 17 May, where African nations are going to discuss issues pertaining to maritime safety and security on the continent.
“Whether it is the initiative taken by the Gulf of Guinea countries to operationalise the Yaoundé Code of Conduct for maritime zones, or the effort of states like Angola and Kenya that have hosted continent-wide conferences on maritime security and development, there is truly a lot to celebrate,” he said.
He said it is pleasing to see Namibia hosting this dialogue where Africa will have a chance to hear Namibia’s perspective on maritime security, governance and development, adding that Namibia’s story is genuinely unique, successful and deserving of credit.
Lord continued that as much as there is much to celebrate, there are also challenges and those challenges continue to change with the evolving use and management of the oceans.
He added that maritime security is a central component to the successful and sustainable management of the ocean resources.
“Trafficking, piracy and environmental crimes constitute serious threats to national economies, the social fabric of a state and the rule of law and such crimes at sea hurts us all and it requires a coordinated response from us all,” he said.
He said making progress requires real action and strong cooperation and the United States will remain a strong partner with African nations in this endeavour.
Lord said this week’s event is an opportunity of the Africans to share experiences, successes, challenges and ideas related to Africa’s maritime issues.
“I hope this week will help you integrate and coordinate efforts nationally and internationally to provide maritime security throughout Africa and protect an important generator of economic growth,” he said.
(NAMPA)
SA/PS/EK