Ecowas takes delivery of €1.2m in security equipment to fight piracy

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) last week took delivery of a range of maritime security equipment valued at €1.2 million from the German government.

The equipment comprised 63 high-tech communication, surveillance, logistics items and other accessories that would aid in the greater coordination of maritime safety efforts.

According to president of the Ecowas Commission to Côte d’Ivoire, Babacar Carlos Mbaye, the equipment will contribute to the effectiveness of the West Africa Maritime Regional Safety Centre and the operationalisation of maritime security architecture in the Gulf of Guinea.

This after the United Nations issued a Security Council Resolution due to the high number of piracy attacks in the Gulf noting that the shipping route had become a threat to international peace and security.

Deputy German ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire, Alexandre Callegaro, noted that the Gulf of Guinea was an important trade route, specifically for the extraction of crude oil between Angola and Ghana.

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