Seychelles participates in the 2nd Ministerial Conference on Maritime Security in Mauritius
The second edition of the Ministerial Maritime Security Conference in the Western Indian Ocean region held today at Balaclava, Mauritius, was opened by Mauritian Foreign Affairs Minister, Honourable Nandcoomar Bodha, who sent an appeal for a stronger coordinated approach within the region to combat various maritime crimes whilst acknowledging the continuous support of the international community.
Followed were a series of official statements made by 25 heads of delegations of States and international organizations, who all converged on the importance of common understanding between States to develop clear synergies, while reiterating their commitment to support regional actions in combatting all forms of crimes at sea, mainly piracy, drug trafficking, IUU fishing, human trafficking, terrorism and others.
Seychelles, represented by Secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and the Blue Economy, Ambassador Barry Faure, commended Mauritius for initiating this conference and recalled the relentless part it played in furthering the stability and security of the region, especially in the fight against piracy. Emphasizing upon the need for the international community “to contribute towards the funding of counter piracy measures and enforcement of sentences”, Ambassador Faure also made an appeal for regional partners to share the burden of apprehending, prosecuting and incarcerating criminal kingpins, by harmonizing their national laws.
Participants debated on a series of proposals and recommendations prepared at the high officials meeting held the day before, aimed at ensuring peace, stability and security in the region, which were subsequently adopted by all through a ‘Ministerial Declaration’, alongside a 2019 plan of action for maritime security and safety.
Several meetings were also held in the margin of this conference, among which, an informal IOC ministerial meeting chaired by Ambassador Faure, in preparation for the 22nd plenary session on ‘Contact group on piracy off the coast of Somalia (CGPCS)’.
Other meetings included the Working Group on Operation at Sea (WGOS) chaired by Seychelles, the UN trust fund board, the maritime security coordination committee and the Regional Capacity Building Working Group (RCBWG).
Members of the Seychelles’ delegation included Chief of Staff, Colonel Michael Rosette, Special Advisor for Home Affairs, Ms Sheryl Vengadasamy, Director General at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jacques Belle and Director for Reflecs3, Inspector Joseph Bibi.