Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Naval Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Industry Response

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Plight of Seafarers

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Messaging and Advocacy

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Regional Capacity

Ongoing activity
  • SC Resolutions 2018 and 2039 advocate collaboration between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) to develop a comprehensive strategy as to the (1) development of domestic laws and regulations criminalizing piracy (2) development of a regional framework to counter piracy, and (3) development and strengthening of relevant domestic laws and regulations.
  • The Code of Conduct concerning the prevention and repression of piracy, armed robbery against ships and illicit maritime activity in west and central Africa was developed by ECOWAS together with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC). Signatories to the Code intend to co-operate to the fullest possible extent in the repression of transnational organized crime in the maritime domain, maritime terrorism, IUU fishing and other illegal activities at sea.
  • In a June 2013 Memorandum of Understanding between ECCAS, ECOWAS and GGC, the parties agreed to (1) hold annual meetings to provide guidance, monitoring and evaluation of regional cooperation and (2) create an Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC) for the implementation of the regional strategy for maritime safety and security. 

Rule of Law

No activity implemented or planned

No activity planned or implemented.

Coordination

Ongoing activity
  • In February 2012, the Heads of State and Government in West Africa stressed the importance of the political leadership and coordinating role of ECOWAS in combating the increasing threat posed by piracy and other forms of organized maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea. The Commission was tasked to develop a holistic strategic maritime policy framework to guide future actions and cooperation and strengthen collaboration.
  • In June 2013, a Memorandum of Understanding between ECCAS, ECOWAS and GGC maritime centers was established in order to achieve better regional cooperation. The areas of cooperation identified include: (1) technical cooperation (2) training and capacity building (3) information management and data collection (4) mobilization of resources (5) coordination of join activities (6) management of sea borders.