Effective maritime security requires the strong involvement of society’s actors. The importance of these civil society actors for the management of maritime safety, Barthélémy Blédé noted on Tuesday 12 October 2021 during a workshop. Expert responsible for civil society and the private sector of the Support for Integrated Maritime Security in West Africa project called (Swaims), he advocates for the involvement of civil society in responsibility for matters concerning maritime safety and security.
We know that our area, that is the Gulf of Guinea, is considered, on a global level, as an area that is not safe. And that is why it is necessary to secure the merchant ships, fishing, especially the so-called artisanal one of which our populations live. That we can not do this without civil society, ‘said Mr. An international meeting in Saly brought together 20 delegates from Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania and Sierra Leone.
If you want to secure the territories and these people (actors of society) are excluded, you are strangling yourself. Because they know who who is. And if they are not involved in what you do, they could be involved in pirates or fishermen or even criminals. That is why it is essential that civil society is fully involved in the policies that we pursue at ECOWAS level and that against maritime insecurity with the support of partners, ‘he said.
According to him, maritime safety is a guarantee of quiet and accessible life for all populations. ” Unreported, unregulated illegal fishing. The problem of fisheries is primarily a matter of food security. Then there is the piracy that everyone knows and which is a great plague. This is all the more so because pirates are threatening the economy of the region and this can affect all levels (social, political, etc.), because if the area is not safe, ships can take over it. Risk, but they will charge much higher freight. And if the freight is high, it will increase the price of the goods in the market. And if the price of goods in the market increases, it will impoverish the population and make them unhappy. We will then always be in insecurity. ”