High Level Symposium on Capacity Building for Maritime Security

2 March 2018, 8.00 AM - 2 March 2018, 6.30 PM

Norfolk Fairmont Hotel, Nairobi

High Level Symposium on Capacity Building for Maritime Security

An event co-organized by Cardiff University, British Academy, British Institute for Eastern Africa, University of Nairobi, Centre for Global Insecurities (University of Bristol), Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (University of Stellenbosch), Centre for Military Studies (University of Copenhagen), the James Mancham Institute for Peace Studies and Diplomacy (University of Seychelles) and Oceans Beyond Piracy.

The symposium will be held at the Norfolk Fairmont Hotel, Nairobi, on Friday, the 2nd of March 2018, 08.00-18.30, followed by a reception.

**Please note that this event is by invitation only.  For information contact John Steed jsteed@oneearthfuture.org **

Overview and aims

The current re-evaluation of the maritime as a space of insecurity and economic opportunity has led to a growing awareness for the weak capacities of the majority of coastal states. Protecting territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zones, preventing maritime crimes, such as piracy and illegal fishing, and ensuring the sustainable exploitation of maritime resources requires significant law enforcement capacities, information sharing tools and working maritime governance structures. Several capacity building initiatives are underway to support countries. This symposium, the first of its kind, takes stock of the past experience in maritime security capacity building and asks how it can be more efficiently delivered and coordinated. The highlevel event is a meeting of representatives from countries benefitting from capacity building, representatives of actors engaged in capacity building and a range of practitioners active in maritime security projects.

The one-day event starts with a welcoming panel highlighting the importance of maritime security capacity building. This is followed by the discussion of the SafeSeas best practice tool kit on “Reflexive Capacity Building”. The afternoon programme zooms in on dedicated practical challenges – fishery crime, maritime domain awareness, and the delivery of capacity building. The day concludes with a strategic debate on the future of international engagement in the Western Indian Ocean region. The symposium provides a unique opportunity to rethink the efficacy of capacity building, the cooperation between donors and the region and steer it into new directions.

A day prior to the symposium a meeting of the Regional Capacity Building Coordination Working Group (RCBWG) of the Contact Group on Piracy of the coast of Somalia will be held at the same location. The symposium is organised by the Project SAFESEAS. SAFESEAS is a project funded by the British Academy and implemented by Cardiff University and the University of Bristol together with a range of partners from the region. The project is registered as voluntary commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 14 (OceanAction#14234). Further information is available on the website www.safeseas.net


Program / Agenda Draft January 2018

1st of March Meeting of the Regional Capacity Building Coordination Working Group

(RCBWG) of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)


2nd of March SAFE SEAS Symposium

08.00-9.00 Symposium Registration

09.00-10.30 Opening Session & Welcome Addresses: Why maritime security matters

Chair: Prof. Tim Edmunds

Discussants: H.E. Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the

Ocean, H.E. Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairmen of the

Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, Mauritius, Samson Mwathethe, Chief of Defense Forces, Chair of the Blue Economy Committee, Government of Kenya, H.E. Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Government of Seychelles, former Chairman of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, H.E. Mr Ali Hassan Bahdon, Minister of Defense, Government of Djibouti, H.E. Veronique Lorenzo, Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, Professor Paul Jackson, British Academy.

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00-12.30 Presentation of Best Practice Tool Kit “Reflexive Capacity Building”

Chair: Paul Jackson, British Academy

Presentation Prof. Tim Edmunds & Prof. Christian Bueger, Safe Seas.

Comments by Mr. Alan Cole, Head of UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme, Raj Mohabeer, Indian Ocean Commission, Rodolphe Agelou, Senior Maritime Advisor, EUCAP Somalia, Chris Trelawny, head of Maritime Safety division, IMO.

12.30-13.30 Lunch (buffet), provided

13.30-14.30 Maritime Security and the Blue Economy: Addressing Fishery Crimes

Chair: Dr. Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, University of Copenhagen.

Monitoring Fisheries: The Seychelles Experience: Mr. Johnny Louys, Seychelles Fishing Authority

Monitoring Fisheries in Somalia: Mr. Michael Savins, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Somalia

Fighting Illegal Fishery – Organizing the region: Per Erik Bergh, Fish-I Africa

Monitoring Fisheries: The Kenyan Experience: Susan Imende, Ag. Director General Fisheries Service Kenya

14.30-15.30 High tech or low tech? Building Regional Maritime Domain Awareness

Chair: John Waweru, National Defence College Kenya

Regional MDA – the MASE experience: Jean Edmond Randrianantenaina, Director, RMIFC Madagascar

The Djibouti Code of Conduct after Jeddah: Kiruja Micheni, IMO

Information sharing through regional networks: Dave Nattrass, EU CRIMARIO/Expertise Francaise

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-17.00 Capacity Building in Action: Lessons from Operational Experience

Chair: John Steed, UNODC/OBP

Engaging with regional states from the sea: Richard Cantrill, Chief of Staff, EU NAVFOR

The Danish-Kenyan Naval Cooperation: John Aero Hansen, Danish Navy

Tackling maritime crime through joint forces: Malcom Wise, Combined Maritime Forces

17.00-18.30 Closing Panel - Beyond piracy: The Future of Capacity Building in the Western

Indian Ocean Region

Chair: H.E. Barry Faure, Seychelles

Discussants: H.E. Carl P. Salicath, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, H.E. Mette Knudsen, Danish Embassy to Kenya, Abubakar Mohamud, Maritime Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

and International Cooperation Somalia, P. J. McGuire, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, US Department of State.

18.30-20.00 Reception

Wine and canapés


Contact information

For general inquiries on the event and to register please contact the secretariat at safeseas.conference@gmail.com

For questions concerning the symposium programme contact Professor Christian Bueger at buegercm@cardiff.ac.uk and for the RCBWG meeting John Steed at jsteed@oneearthfuture.org


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