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From 5 to 16 July 2021 LAW ENFORCEMENT AT SEA: TRAINING OF OFFICERS UNDER SWAIMS PROJECT in ABIDJAN

LAW ENFORCEMENT AT SEA: TRAINING OF OFFICERS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF ARMED

ROBBERY, MARITIME PIRACY AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING CASES


From 5 to 16 July 2021, the Interregional Institute of Maritime Security (ISMI) of the

Regional Academy of Marine Sciences and Technologies (ARSTM) in Abidjan is

organising the third seminar of the SWAIMS-FORMAR project, financed by the European

Union, on the topic "Law enforcement at sea: cases of armed robbery, maritime piracy

and illicit trafficking".

This seminar is intended primarily for ECOWAS States but is open to ECCAS States thanks

to the support of France, thus enabling all the States bordering the Gulf of Guinea to

participate. This technical training will be attended by thirty (30) officers (Navy,

Maritime Affairs, Customs, Police/Gendarmerie, etc.) who exercise judicial police

powers, from ECOWAS and ECCAS countries. At the end of the seminar, they will be

better equipped in terms of recording maritime piracy offences, armed robbery and

illicit trafficking, investigation and management of a crime scene.

A key activity of the seminar will be a practical boarding and rummage exercise on

Thursday 15 July on board a patrol boat of the Ivorian Navy, a key partner of the

seminar.

The SWAIMS-FORMAR programme aims to strengthen the technical capacities of

civilian and military professionals from ECOWAS States working in national and regional

maritime surveillance coordination centres. Worth 1 billion CFA francs (1.5 million euros),

this grant will finance 16 training cycles between 2021 and 2024 and is part of the EU's

support for the ECOWAS Integrated Maritime Strategy.

The training courses cover a variety of topics ranging from the criminal regime of

offences to law enforcement at sea, including money laundering related to maritime

activities. During the 4 years of implementation, 400 key actors will be trained in the field

of maritime safety and security.

Journalists are invited to attend the opening ceremony, which will be marked by the

official handover of a bus acquired thanks to the project by the representative of the

European Union Ambassador. It will be held at the Regional Academy of Marine

Sciences and Techniques (ARSTM - Yopougon, Niangon), on Monday 05 July 2021 at

09:00v am.

About the European Union

The European Union has been present in Côte d'Ivoire since 1961. Located in Abidjan,

the European Union Delegation in Côte d'Ivoire coordinates and monitors political,

economic and trade relations and development 2

cooperation between the EU and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. It also has the mandate

to monitor EU policies in all sectors, to promote and defend the EU's values and

interests, and to manage its cooperation programmes. Since November 2018, the

Delegation of the European Union to Côte d'Ivoire is headed by Ambassador Jobst von

Kirchmann.

More on SWAIMS Project

https://www.raosupportcellecowas.com/post/support-to-west-africa-integrated-maritime-security-swaims-actions










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