Weekly News Update

7th Maritime Security Desktop Exercise meeting. Credit: www.cnnindonesia.com


Ghana: Conflict resolution and peace-building consultant, Emmanuel Bombande has stated that it is highly dangerous for a political party to resort to private security to protect its leaders instead of the State’s Police: http://citifmonline.com/2016/03/24/alternative-security-a-threat-to-ghanas-democracy-bombande/ 


Ghana: During the launch of a book titled “Maritime Security Cooperation in the Gulf of Guinea: Prospects and Challenges”, Ghana’s Minister of Defence urged African countries to develop a coherent approach to maritime security, stressing that maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea stands in the way of regional progress: http://www.graphic.com.gh/news/general-news/60493-develop-coherent-approach-to-maritime-security-african-countries-urged.html#sthash.56hIA6RP.dpuf


Indonesia: On Monday 21 March, Indonesia declared to step up maritime security near the South China Sea following an altercation with the Chinese coast guard, raising new tensions in a region struggling to come to grips with Beijing’s maritime expansion: http://www.wsj.com/articles/indonesia-to-step-up-maritime-security-after-run-in-with-chinese-coast-guard-1458562592


Indonesia: 17 countries attended the seventh "Maritime Security Desktop Exercise" meeting in an effort to improve coordination and the exchange of information on handling regional maritime security: http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/103785/17-countries-attending-maritime-security-desktop-exercise


MENA region: Conflicts and tensions in the Middle East, Far East and North and sub-Saharan Africa have been reported as a growing threat to the maritime environment and some of the world’s most important shipping lanes, maritime security company MAST has warned: http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/cocktail-of-global-security-threats-pose-real-danger-to-maritime-environment-mast-warns/