Kenya calls on African countries to join efforts to combat piracy…

first_imgIn this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Abdi Ali stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once–bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand–filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over – most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh) In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Abdi Ali stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once–bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand–filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over – most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)Kenya on Tuesday challenged African countries to establish an inter-agency coordination to help in the fight piracy.James Macharia, the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development said that piracy is still on the rise in the continent hence the need to domesticate anti-piracy laws for effective prosecution measures.“It is important that a maximum continental collaboration is forged to help solve problems faced by most countries,” Macharia said during celebrations to mark Africa’s Day of the Seas and Oceans in Nairobi.He noted that maritime crimes such as illegal arms, money laundering, unreported fishing, smuggling, theft of crude oil, smuggling and drug trafficking also require full attention from the governments.“I believe that once these measures are taken into consideration by the governments, then the governments will start benefiting from the Blue Economy and help actualize Africa’s vision on wealth creation through sustainable use of Seas and Oceans,” said Macharia.He said that African nations need to collectively address innovative solutions to maritime challenges that hinder maximization and sustainable use of the continent’s maritime space.The CS called for the enhancement of security and safety of maritime transportation systems through sharing of information on preventives measures on hostile and criminal acts at sea.On pollution, the official challenged government to take maritime pollution and dumping of toxic and nuclear wastes seriously by protecting populations given that the Blue economy sector promises a lot in transforming the countries.In recent past, Kenya has embarked in expanding port capacity and expanding inland rail and road transport network as interventions aimed at inspiring the anticipated economic growth in the sectorlast_img