Angola organises international conference on maritime safety

28 May 2015

Angola will host an international conference on maritime and energy security, held in Luanda this year, according to a presidential order establishing a national committee of its organisation.

The national organising committee of the international conference, which will discuss security and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, directly involves twelve ministries and is led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, according to Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The region of the Gulf of Guinea is affected by piracy and drug, arms and human trafficking, and is also used by African terrorist groups, who mix with illegal immigrants to reach Europe, particularly through the Libyan corridor.

The presidential dispatch states that for Angola ” it is fundamental to define and implement a vision and maritime strategy that effectively respond to current threats and opportunities,” by virtue of its economy “remaining largely dependent on oil exploration at sea.”

The Foreign Minister of Angola, Georges Chikoti, said on 1 April, the conference will take place “during the second half of 2015,” and will feature the participation of several international partners, particularly from countries with interests in the South Atlantic, such as Brazil. (macauhub/AO/BR)