Research Papers

MARITIME CRIMES AND INCIDENT REPORTING MECHANISMS UNDER THE YAOUNDE PROCESS: TOWARDS AN EFFECTIVE REPORTING SYSTEMS FOR THE GULF OF GUINEA

[ Frank O. Okyere & Afua A. Lamptey ]

The Gulf of Guinea (GoG) region presents a maritime seascape with a unique potential for
maritime commerce and development. Stretching from Senegal in West Africa to Angola in
Central Africa, the waters of the GoG is estimated to have enormous oil deposits, fisheries,
and aquaculture. For instance it is estimated that excluding the Persian Gulf, one in every
four barrels of oil sold comes from the Gulf of Guinea.Globally some of the most sought
after fish species such as tuna, shrimp, sardinella, bonga, grouper, sole and octopus can
be located in the region. Further, the large number of natural harbours, inexistence of
chokepoints and good weather conditions makes it an ideal shipping route.The region’s
rich maritime resources has attracted both state and non-state actors, some of whom
exploit the inadequate control of the maritime domain to engage in illicit activity. Between
2016 and 2018, the littoral states in the Gulf of Guinea region…

AUTHORS BIO
Frank O. Okyere is the Head of the Peace Support Operations Programme at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).
Afua A. Lamptey is the Deputy Head of Programme on the Conflict Management Programme at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research (FAAR), Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).


TOWARDS A “MODEL STATE ACTION AT SEA” FOR GULF OF GUINEA STATES

[John M. Pokoo, Shiela N. Tetteh & Kwesi Aning]

One of the models that guide the interventions of the state at sea along the Gulf of Guinea is often referred to as “state action at sea” (in French: action d’états de la mer). As the example from Cote d’Ivoire is illustrated below, this model takes the form of maritime domain awareness among relevant ministries and public agencies convened regularly at the highest possible level of decision making in a particular state. It consciously preserves the functional autonomy of the institutional actors involved. It does so by creating a platform that enables relevant ministries and agencies to brief the incumbent President or his/her representative (often the Prime Minister) so that other Ministries and relevant public agencies present also get to know about what is happening in the relevant agencies and Ministries…

AUTHORS BIO

John Mark Pokoo is Head, Conflict Management Programme in the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana and a PhD Candidate, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Shiela Naade Tetteh is an Administrative Assistant at the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. Shiela holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Chinese from the University of Ghana and a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict, Peace and Security from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.

Prof. Kwesi Aning is the Director of the Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.