International Maritime Defense Exhibition Held In Accra

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The Ghana Navy has held the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference to discuss and outline strategies to secure the increasingly volatile maritime and coastal waters of West Africa.

The two day International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference, which had over 300 delegates, including 20 Captains from West Africa attending also tackled piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

The Minister of Defense and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Bimbilla constituency, Hon. Dominic Nitiwul has disclosed that the country must have a safe Maritime domain to able to host a successful Continental Africa
Free Trade.

Ghana has been chosen by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) to host the Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

In an interview  at the International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference and 60th Anniversary celebration of Naval excellence of Ghana Navy in Accra on the theme: Empowering regional collaboration to enhance Maritime security and regional development in the Gulf of Guinea, 
Hon. Dominic Nitiwul said that maritime security is very important to the country because about 80% of the country’s trade comes from the sea and we must make sure our maritime domain will be safe and also make sure the Gulf of Guinea is safe as well. He added that the government will ensure Ghana navy will have the tools or resources to work to make sure their work will be effective and added that the government is going to cut sod for the construction for basins in the western region to make ensure our oil revenue is secure so that our future generations will benefit from it. 
The Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama speaking to media also added that as part of their 60 years celebration they want to build a strong relationship and network with navies from other countries to reduce and fight maritime crime and fight crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

He said that Most of the threats along the sea are very dominant in the Gulf of Guinea region, which includes illegal fishing, illegal smuggling of oil and transport of cocaine and human beings and they want to patrol all the sea level to curb this challenge.

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