Piracy: issue high on AU agenda

2009-10-16 00:00

AFRICAN countries need to work together to fight against piracy, which is rampant off the coast of Somalia.

This was one of the issues discussed during the fourth day of the Second African Union (AU) conference for transport ministers held at the Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre yesterday.

Delegates also discussed the draft of the African Maritime Transport Charter, tabled at the First African Union (AU) conference for transport ministers held in Abuja, Nigeria in 2007.

The charter is an international declaration on maritime safety and security and focuses on the piracy concerns of African countries. Ministers also raised concerns about the attention given to the marine environment, which is regularly polluted.

AU commissioner for infrastructure and energy, Dr Elham Ibrahim, said the increased activities of pirates around the gulfs of Aden and Guinea, armed robberies of luxury liners and environmental damage, were issues high on the conference’s agenda.


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