Greater coordination between states necessary, says Minister Morgan at opening of Search and Rescue Coordination Committee meeting
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport, Mr. Joël Morgan officially opened the second Search and Rescue Coordination Committee meeting (SAR) today with the participants from Tanzania, Kenya and Seychelles which will build on the first meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya on the 8th of September 2009.
The core purpose of the this meeting is for the participants to finalise the Search and Rescue Plan and the Terms of Reference for the Search and Rescue Committee and also benefit from a basic training on SAR Administration (Organization and Management).
In his address Mr Morgan emphasised the need for close collaboration between the stakeholders who will need to be consolidate their efforts should there be a need to deploy search and rescue missions. Individual states may find it difficult to act unilaterally to tackle arising maritime emergencies. This is particularly true for Seychelles, as it has limited resources and a vast maritime territory.
As part of the pooling of resources between the members states the Kenya Maritime Authority, Seychelles Maritime Safety Administration and Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority in Tanzania shall act as coordinating agencies in safeguarding the Eastern Africa Maritime SAR region comprising of the coastline and sea areas of Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia and Tanzania as designated by the 2000 Florence Conference.
The gathering in Seychelles would also give the participant the opportunity to elect a new Chair, Secretary and Committee Members if deemed necessary in order to continue to develop the capacity of the States and their commitments.
“Seychelles strongly believes in healthy partnerships and we have all witnessed its benefits during our fight against piracy within this region.” said Minister Morgan. Mr Morgan expressed his thanks to Mr. John Paul Muindi, International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Regional Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa for facilitating the meeting in Seychelles.