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Operational Response and Management of the Rule of Law at Sea: Nigerian Government and Camões I.P Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding between Camões I.P. and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, within the scope of the implementation of the European Union and ECOWAS programme, Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS), was signed today, 23rd August. The event took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja and by video conference from the headquarters of Camões I.P. in Lisbon. The Memorandum was signed by Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and President of Camões I.P., Ambassador João Ribeiro de Almeida.

SWAIMS is an ECOWAS programme funded by the European Union with €28 million, which contributes to the improvement of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

Abuja/Lisbon - Tuesday August 23 2022

The Memorandum of Understanding between Camões I.P. and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, within the scope of the implementation of the European Union and ECOWAS programme SWAIMS, was signed today, 23rd August. The event took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja and by videoconference from the headquarters of Camões I.P. in Lisbon. The Memorandum was signed by Ambassador Zubairu Dada, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and President of Camões I.P., Ambassador João Ribeiro de Almeida.

The Support to West Africa Integrated Maritime Security (SWAIMS) is a programme of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), funded by the European Union with EUR 28 million, which contributes to the improvement of maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG).

Camões I.P. was contracted by the European Union to manage and implement, together with the Directorate-General for National Defence Policy and the Portuguese Navy, one of the components of this programme with the objective to strengthen the “Operational response of law enforcement and management of the Rule of Law at Sea” in the 12 ECOWAS coastal countries. The component is co-funded by the European Union (EUR 10million) and Portuguese Cooperation (EUR 2 million). This SWAIMS component aims, essentially, to address the need for ECOWAS coastal countries to meet the necessary conditions for the deployment of law enforcement forces capable of intervening at sea, in a timely manner, in order to effectively curb unlawful maritime activities.

In this context, Nigeria will receive two semi-rigid vessels and forensic equipment and will have crews, garrisons and shore teams trained and ready for interventions at sea, with the capacity to conduct inspections and collect evidence effectively and safely.

The Memorandum of Understanding now signed sets out the partners' responsibilities for the delivery and use of the equipment, as well as for the training of trainers and garrisons.

"This document has been prepared with the financial participation of the European Union. The opinions expressed in it do not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Union"