The project has two specific objectives:

  1. Support the development of an interregional technical and human network allowing cross-regional and inter-sectoral maritime information sharing
  2. Improve regional capacity for dialogue, coordination and steering of activities in the field of States’ action at sea, through providing active support to the development of the architecture of Yaoundé.

These objectives can be achieved through the implementation of concrete activities under three pillars:

The three tools of the GoGIN project

The first tool is the creation of a technical network based on Internet technologies so that centers – men and tools – can interact with each others.

GoGIN develops simple and specific tools, adapted to the needs and uses:

  • A tool for communication, YARIS, the handrail for passing information between the different centers.
  • A training tool that will allow training participants to always have access to the information they have been given.

We develop a human network through convening regular working sessions with stakeholders from the region so they know each other, understand each others needs and functions.

In these maritime security cases that allow a crisis manager to have around him representatives from different relevant administrations in order to help him with taking decisions and manage the best way possible the crisis.
Our ongoing work includes:

  • Working groups and trainings on HR, IT and training. Networking and strengthening of expertise are key principles in exploring new areas of cooperation in the maritime field. In this regard, two regional working groups of experts were organized by GoGIN in June 2018 in Benin, one on human resources and the other on training (June 6). Working groups concentrate on the skills to be gathered within maritime safety centres, and on the validation of the experience gained by the personnel within the framework of their duties.
  • CRT : GoGIN regularly leads large naval exercise involving the national Marines from different countries in the Gulf of Guinea. This training involves all resources, personnel and administrations and aims at gaining coordination between civilian and military entities involved in the maritime sector, through a dedicated crisis structure. Through a four to five days exercise, trainees follow a scenario simulating an incident at sea. This training includes technical preparation and theoretical seminar. Example of scenario: maritime accident, fire, waterway

The project is co-funded by the European Union and by the Government of Denmark; and implemented by Expertise France