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European Union

The Gulf of Guinea is an important geo-political choke point for shipping transporting oil extracted in the Niger delta, as well as goods to and from central and southern Africa. Piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal fishing, smuggling and trafficking, pose a major threat to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and ultimately to the economic development of the entire region. The 2018 EU Maritime Security Strategy (EU MSS) Action Plan contributes to the implementation of the EU Global Strategy as well as the EU Gulf of Guinea Strategy and Action Plan.

The EU is committed to the improvement of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and actively contributes to the development of local capacities of coastal states in the region. Hence, a set of programmes and projects focused on capacity building, funded through the instrument contributing to Security and Peace (IcSP) and the European Development Fund (EDF) are geared towards implementing the Strategy for the Gulf of Guinea and its rolling Action Plan. They encompasses:

More on EU Maritime Security Factsheet: The Gulf of Guinea

Government of Denmark

The overall objective of Denmark’s efforts to combat piracy and maritime crime is to reduce the threat stemming from these issues in order to protect Danish interests and seafarers as well as international shipping. This requires a comprehensive approach that not only engages with prob­lems at sea, but also addresses root causes on land. Therefore, Denmark makes use of a broad range of tools, both military and civilian, in a concerted and integrated way.

The Danish Government has just launched the “Priority Paper for the Danish Efforts to Combat Piracy and other types of Maritime Crime 2019-2022”. In their previous plan, they participated to the GoGIN funds (allocation of 1.8 millions €).

More on Danish maritime security strategy

Expertise France

Expertise France is the French public international cooperation agency. It designs and implements projects which aim to contribute to the balanced development of partner countries, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda and the priorities of France’s external action

The agency achieves this goal by implementing projects in the main areas of public action:

  • Democratic, economic and financial governance ;
  • Stability, international security and peace ;
  • Sustainable development, climate and agriculture ;
  • Health and human development.

Expertise France manages a portfolio of more than 600 projects in 100 countries, including several projects of the Critical maritime routes programme (EU CRIMARIO, GoGIN, WeCAPS, and formerly CRIMGO and MARSIC).

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