The regional SEACOP workshop on maritime intelligence was officially launched yesterday during an opening ceremony presided over by the Chief of Staff of the President’s Adviser for Maritime Affairs, in the presence of the European Union delegation, the Maritime Prefect, SEACOP Project Director, and SEACOP Regional Coordinator for West Africa.
We were delighted to have the participation of several national authorities, including customs, the national navy, the national police, as well as representatives from the French and German embassies.
Over the course of three days, 18 representatives from participating countries’ maritime intelligence units, established with the support of the SEACOP project, will take part in the training. Discussions will be guided by experts from the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) – MAOC (N), French Customs Intelligence, UNODC, and the EU GoGIN project.
This workshop aims to address threats related to maritime security in West Africa, specifically drug and timber trafficking. By sharing best practices and establishing a network of maritime intelligence cells, SEACOP strives to strengthen regional cooperation and intelligence exchanges for a more effective fight against illicit maritime activities.