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Regional information sharing centres

May 15, 2014

Two regional centres are being established in order to facilitate cooperation between the West and Central African coastal states.
 
Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GOG)
The MTISC-GoG project in Ghana aims to establish an affordable, sustainable and enduring regional maritime information sharing centre within the Gulf of Guinea that is fully supported by regional states and all maritime stakeholders. 
 
The centre provides advice and guidance on the maritime security situation and on trying to mitigate the risk of unlawful acts against mariners and ships. Importantly, it also provide advice to mariners on the normal patterns of maritime activity in the Gulf of Guinea to assist them in identifying suspicious activity. Further advice is available on the MTISC-GoG website.
 
Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC)
The IMO Secretariat is assisting ECCAS, ECOWAS and GGC to develop  the Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC).  On 5 June 2014, the three organizations signed the Additional Protocol to establish the ICC, which will be based in Yaoundé, Cameroon. More information is available on the ECOWAS website.
 
The ICC will provide a means for establishing cooperation, coordination and communication between Member States of the three organizations at the strategic level, including exchange of information on a range of issues including best practice and cooperation on capacity building as well as contributing to countering piracy, armed robbery and other illicit activities at sea.
 
The ICC was mandated by the Declaration of Heads of State at the meeting held in Yaoundé in June 2013, the meeting that also established the Code of Conduct concerning the repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa.