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Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa united against piracy

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa united against piracy ( LOZITHA PALACE, Kingdom of Swaziland - Following the introduction of the threat of piracy on the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) agenda by President Michel at the 13th Summit of Heads of State and Government held at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe in 2009, the 14th edition of the summit currently being held in Swaziland has prioritized piracy as one of the most pressing issues to be addressed and has endorsed the process of developing a comprehensive regional anti-piracy plan.

The first workshop to develop the plan was hosted in Seychelles under the aegis of COMESA and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) last month. The process will be further brought forward during the second ministerial meeting on piracy to be held in Mauritius in October.

Vice President for the Republic of Seychelles, Mr. Danny Faure, who is representing the President at the COMESA Summit, has thanked the organization for responding to the call of Seychelles and also called on all member states to contribute to the fight against piracy, as all states are being affected, whether directly or indirectly as piracy is one of the biggest impediments to trade in our region.

The COMESA states were united in their condemnation of piracy and the crimes associated with piracy, including money laundering and human trafficking, and they have expressed their determination to strengthen the regional approach.

“Seychelles’ efforts to get increased support for the fight against piracy and to get more regional organisations and states involved, is bearing fruit. We have to be vigilant in the fight against piracy, and we expect to continue to face a number of challenges linked to this scourge. At this latest COMESA Summit, we can see how states are much more aware of the piracy situation and our friends and neighbors are standing side by side with us in solidarity and support,” said Vice President Faure.

A number of states spoke strongly in support of Seychelles’ approach against piracy including Kenya, Mauritius, and Comoros.

Alain St.Ange CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board Email:

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