Victoria (HAN) June 10.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News.The report and outcome compiled regarding the 19th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. It reported and concluded in all issues regarding: Fisheries, Somali Maritime Law/Maritime Administration, Somali Coast Guard, MSCC work-plan, Ship rider Agreement, Trust Fund, Charcoal, and further notes.
Somalia on 3rd June 2016 became the co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), led by the deputy prime minister of Federal Republic of Somalia, HE Mohamad Omar Arte Ghalib.
This decision was taken through a consensus during the 19th Plenary Session of the CGPCS that took place in Mahe, Seychelles during 31 May – 3 June 2016.
It is dealing with the piracy off the coast of Somalia through Working Groups putting their efforts towards Capacity Building through MSCC on legal, judicial framework and processes, and poverty alleviation in Somalia, Improving Maritime Situational Awareness in Indian Ocean Region and coordinating efforts for Disrupting Piracy Networks. Seychelles is the current Chairman of the CGPCS for the biennium 2016
About Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)
- It is a coalition of states, international organisations, the private sector and civil society that came together to fight piracy together in a coordinated manner.
- It was established in response to United Nations Security Council Resolution 1851 (2008), later recalled and replaced with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1918 (2010).
- It works on the basis of Contact Group model that facilitates discussion and coordination of actions among states and organizations to suppress Somali piracy.
- Till now, more than 60 countries and international organizations, including India, have become part of this forum.
- Seychelles is the current Chairman of the CGPCS for the biennium 2016-17