The Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea (CRIMGO) project
On 10 January 2013, the EU announced a decision to step up its efforts to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea. Tackling criminal activities such as armed robberies, hijackings and cargo theft will take priority.
The activities initiated by the EU respond to the request of the international community but also, first and foremost, to that of the ship companies operating in the region. Efforts will focus on increasing the capacity of law enforcement agencies, i.e. coastguards. There is also a need to enhance regional cooperation and coordination in order for the partner countries to be able to respond to threats of trans-boundary nature.
CRIMGO will assist the partner countries in four areas, as reflected in the project's four pillars:
- establishing a regional information sharing network;
- training related to coastguard functions;
- developing a framework for inter-agency cooperation;
- promoting operational inter-agency cooperation.
Partner countries are Benin, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, São Tomé and Togo, with additional regional training programmes to be conducted in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. The project has a duration of three years.
Interview with Alexander Polack, Spokesperson of the EU Commissioner for Development (in French)