Between the 24 and the 26 of October, CRIMARIO II participated in the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) High-Level meeting on the implementation of the Jeddah Amendment to the DCoC, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa.
During the meeting, which saw the participation of delegates from different organisations, among which the International Maritime Organisation, the EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta, the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region, and the Indian Ocean Commission, among others, different topics were addressed.
High-level speakers discussed how to address and tackle transnational organised crimes,
New and emerging threats at sea, how to practically collaborate between implementing partners and DCoC countries and how to operationalise the regional information-sharing network.
The steering committee chair emphasised the need for the region to work in harmony as no one country can combat maritime challenges alone; for successful information sharing, there is a need for a government approach in line with the National Maritime Security Strategy developed in DCoC countries. These need to build on more capacity in the region and ensure no state is left behind and that national and regional ownership of capacity-building initiatives is critical to sustainable maritime security.
The meeting acknowledged with appreciation the efforts of CRIMARIO II in supporting the region, including through the provision of IORIS, the information-sharing Platform the project has been providing since 2015.
The meeting also acknowledged the support of other partners and agreed on the benefit of continuing working with other complementary systems, including SEAVISION, SKYLIGHT, MERCURY and NISHAR, among others.