Australia supports counter-piracy and maritime security efforts in the Indian Ocean

On 18 March 2014, the High Commissioner, Susan Coles, signed a funding agreement with the Co-Director of the Regional Fusion and Law Enforcement Centre for Safety and Security at Sea (REFLECS3), Gary Crone. The funding agreement, which is worth AUD40,000 and supports capacity building and learning and development initiatives related to REFLECS3 activities in combatting maritime piracy, was signed at the REFLECS3 headquarters in Seychelles.

Last year Australia signed a detainee transfer arrangement with the Seychelles for the transfer of suspected pirates and their property to the Seychelles.

Two Australians are currently on secondment to REFLECS3 as Learning and Development Officer and Programme Officer (Counter Piracy) under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Maritime Crime Program.

Earlier this year, Australia funded two courses in Maritime Crime and Law Enforcement and Maritime Crime and Correctional Administration through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) for police and prison officers from Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles and Mauritius. The courses were conducted at the University of Seychelles. Academics from a number of universities in Australian states (New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia) provided valuable support in the development of the subject content.

Source: http://www.mauritius.embassy.gov.au

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