Forum on Capacity building for Maritime Law Enforcement Organization in neighoring States of Somalia

A senior officials meeting and forum on capacity building for maritime law enforcement in neighboring States of Somalia was held in Tokyo from Oct 30th- Nov 1st 2012. The meeting was organized by the Ocean Policy Research Foundation in cooperation with the Japan Coast Guard, and was held at the Nippon Foundation headquarters. Representatives from Djibouti, Kenya, Oman, Somalia, Tanzania and Yemen attended the meeting, as well as representatives from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (RECAAP).

The meeting was timely, since piracy attacks still affect the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden. The representative of Somalia first gave an overview of the current situations in his country, highlighting that the situation has improved in the last years. The representatives of the other attending countries then summarized the efforts that have been made to address piracy in the region.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) trainees, including myself, also had the opportunity to attend the meeting, gaining invaluable insights on this particular issue of maritime security.

2 replies
  1. Cecilia Engler
    Cecilia Engler says:

    Piracy is undoubtedly a big concern, and there are many international and regional initiatives to address piracy and armed robbery at sea, and particularly off the coast of Somalia. As this post points out, there are signs for optimism: a recent Report by the Secretary-General of the UN concludes, based on previous reports of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), that there was a sharp decline in pirate attacks and hijackings in 2012 compared with 2011.

    Despite this positive trend, the report warns that piracy continues to be a serious threat that imposes a high cost to States and societies. Additionally, it notes with concern that there were reports of onshore pirate presence and activities, including kidnappings for ransom of international aid and foreign workers.

    The report provides an informative overview of the international and regional efforts to address piracy in Somalia. It can be found at:


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