The Regional Maritime University (RMU) in February organized the opening ceremony to usher in the 6 week concentrated Maritime Affairs and Security Course for 18 participants from five Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries.
The course modules include maritime security, functional areas, legal and policy framework, blue economy, maritime crisis, Yaounde architecture, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and managing complexities. It is part of efforts to combat maritime crimes within the sub-region. The European Union (EU) through its Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS) programme is sponsoring the programme, which is the second in the series. Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Project Coordinator of SWAIMS, Mr Augustus Addy-Lamptey, explained that the project was expected to train operational level personnel and all other actors to enable them to collaborate effectively to combat maritime crimes such as piracy and armed robbery. Mr Addy-Lamptey noted that the EU in 2016, launched the SWAIMS programme to ensure that maritime crimes which had socio-political impact on the ECOWAS sub-region were fought through capacity building.