EU CRIMARIO and EU GoGIN projects organise a side-event during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference held in Nairobi. Scheduled on Wednesday 28 November 11:30 to 13:00 at Lenana Hall, KICC, the side-event will cover

“Create MDA (Maritime Domain Awareness) for enhancing the blue economy: EU regional initiatives and tools in Africa”.


As a global maritime security provider, the European Union (EU) is a key supporter of the Blue Economy concept as mentioned in the EU Maritime Security Strategy, EUMSS. The EU has notably developed a comprehensive and cooperative approach with partners countries, international and regional organizations in the wider Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea in order to help them to reinforce their maritime capacities and ability to protect and secure their maritime domain against piracy and criminal activities at sea. It enhances the maritime domain awareness of the all-region and the information sharing system of the littoral states.

EU’s approach illustrates that maritime security is an enabler of the Blue Economy for example through capacity building of maritime centers and development of tools for information sharing and surveillance at sea. With these concrete achievements, EU participates to secure sea lanes of communications and protect rights over marine resources and activities. Maritime security helps the development of the Blue Economy and a strong Blue Economy is creating greater demand for maritime security and this, in turn, will led increased in these capabilities.


Introduction of the session by Mr Bruno Pozzi, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Kenya

Panel 1 (11:40-12:20): A global view of challenges and strategies for more secure seas

  • How to strengthen maritime safety and develop the Blue Economy: Glen Forbes, Principal OCEANUSLive, UK.
  • Maritime strategy  and the challenges of maritime crime for the Blue Economy: John Steed, Senior Maritime Crime Advisor, UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme.
  • The challenges of developing a secured Blue Economy in the Gulf of Guinea: Cyrille-Serge Atonfack Guemo, Maritime security expert, Cameroonian Navy.
  • EU initiatives to promote Maritime Domain Awareness and the Blue Economy: Marianne Péron-Doise, Searcher to the Institute for Strategic Research, Military School, Paris & Strategic advisor for EU CRIMARIO.

Questions and answers period (12:10-12:20)

Panel 2 (12:20-13:00): Tools and collaborative approaches to enhance maritime domain awareness

  • The role of MSCHOA for the shipping industry: Bouke Berns, Political advisor, EEU Naval Force Atalanta.
  • IORIS a tool to enhance info sharing in the wider Indian Ocean: Dave Nattrass, CRIMARIO Information Sharing component manager.
  • The Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center, RMIFC, based in Madagascar, a new development for a better MDA in the IO: Captain Jean-Edmond Randrianantenaina, General director of the RMIFC, Madagascar.
  • GoGIN and the enhancement of Maritime Domain Awareness in the Gulf of Guinea: Thomas Tarrade, GoGIN Expert at CRESMAC, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Questions and answers period (12:50-13:00)

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