NEW YORK — Piracy at sea figured prominently during a two-panel event on Pan-African Maritime Goals for 2050 hosted by New York-based International Peace Institute (IPI) on Thursday, where one of the questions, although discussed peripherally, pertained to the possible resurgence of piracy in other regions, including Southeast Asia, particularly the Straits of Melaka (Malacca).
The IPI event, following the 18th Plenary Meeting of the UN Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), served as a prelude to the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on Maritime Security and Development for Africa, being jointly organised by the African Union and Togo in Lome, Togo, from Nov 2 to 7, 2015.
The event, invariably, made comparisons between the piracy situation in and around the waters of Somalia and other regions, including Southeast Asia.
Prominent participants representing NGOs and non-NGOs, including Togo’s foreign minister Robert Dussey, highlighted not just the losses incurred in terms of ransom money and lives but also the huge impact on the economies of countries in the region.
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