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GI WACAF Regional Conference 2013


Background information

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) in cooperation with IPIECA, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues, is organizing the 2013 Regional Conference and Workshop. This event will be held Swakopmund, Namibia, from 4 to 8 November 2013 and is organized within the framework of the Global Initiative for West, Central and Southern Africa (GI WACAF Project), in cooperation with the Government of Namibia.
This biennial event will gather the main key government and industry stakeholders of the region with responsibility for oil spill preparedness, response and cooperation with a view of strengthening the oil spill response capability in the region. This event is the fifth of its kind to be organized since the launch of the GI WACAF Project. The previous conferences were held in Gabon (April 2006), Republic of Congo (December 2007), Cameroon (November 2009) and Nigeria (2011).

Conference theme

The theme for the 2013 Conference is "Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Capability in West, Central and Southern Africa: Sustaining momentum in a changing world of oil spill risks". The Conference will gather the main industry and government stakeholders from 22 West, Central and Southern African countries, namely: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo.

Objectives of the Conference

The main objectives of this Conference will be to:
  • Raise awareness on oil spill preparedness and response issues with an
    emphasis on the  challenges in the region;
  • Facilitate information sharing and lessons learned in the region;
  • Review the progresses achieved since the last regional conference; and
  • Determine priority actions for the coming biennium 2014-2015 to
    strengthen oil spill  response capability in the region.
This event is a unique opportunity for the countries of the region in their endeavour to enhance/strengthen their preparedness and response systems.  In addition, it will gather a panel of international experts mobilised to facilitate the technical discussions.  The delegates will also be able to present their activities and the progress achieved since the inception of the project, and exchange their experience and best practices with their colleagues from the region. Additional information on the project can be found on the GI WACAF website.
The GI WACAF 2013 Regional Conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia.

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