A fruitful scoping mission was conducted last week to the South American country of Suriname in order to assess its potential integration into SEACOP Phase VI, which is set to kick off next month.
Led by SEACOP Project Director Dominique Bucas and Regional Coordinator for Latin America Alfredo Diaz Sanchez, the mission encompassed meetings with key stakeholders, including the National Security Advisor to the President and the Director of National Security.
“These discussions have provided us with valuable insights into Suriname’s efforts to combat illicit activities at sea,” said Dominique Bucas, noting that “Suriname, with its unique geographical location, holds immense potential to contribute to our shared mission of securing our seas and countering illegal maritime trafficking.”
Planned in close collaboration with the EU Delegation in Guyana -which holds jurisdiction over Suriname- the visit also included a tour of the fishing port and commercial harbour in Paramaribo. This allowed the team to gain a firsthand understanding of the maritime activities and infrastructure in the region.