Kenya is pushing for a joint anti-piracy surveillance by Indian Ocean countries to lower the cost burden on individual states and safeguard key economic sectors like fishing and shipping.
Transport secretary Michael Kamau said Wednesday that users of the route through the coast of Somalia remained vulnerable to piracy despite a sharp drop in the number of incidents reported since last year.
“We must come together as a region to bear the burden of anti-piracy surveillance and deterrence costs in addition to the costs of combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” he said in a speech read by his Mining counterpart, Najib Balala, at a regional conference in Nairobi.
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[Maritime Security News – Apologies: I missed this story last week]