From the 7th to the 10th of May a High Level Workshop on the implementation of the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC+) takes place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The DCoC+ is one of the most important maritime security governance frameworks in the Western Indian Ocean. Signatories to the code include the majority of Western Indian Ocean states, with the exception of India, Pakistan and Iran. DCoC+ provides a basis for information sharing, joint prioritization as well as capacity building and training.
The objective of the high level workshop is to agree on the next steps in putting the DCoC+ agreement into action. Discussions will in particular concern national efforts in maritime security governance, how to improve information sharing, and the relations between DCoC+ and other initiatives in the region, particularly as it relates to capacity building.
I will support the workshop as a facilitator and will feed the insights from our project Safeseas into the process. I am scheduled to give two presentations, one on the fundamentals of regional maritime security governance, and one on the coordination of regional capacity building, as well as chair two of the sessions. The transcript of the talk on regional maritime security governance is available here.