ISS Seminar : West Africa strengthens its maritime security capabilities

Seafarers working on vessels throughout the Gulf of Guinea operate in arguably the most insecure maritime environment in the world. Effective law enforcement far out at sea has long been a challenge for most regional states. But changes are underway. A number of significant regional initiatives have been launched in 2021 to improve West African states’ ability to combat piracy and other maritime security threats.

This seminar will discuss the implications of changes to West Africa’s maritime security architecture and explore how these are assisting and amplifying regional capabilities.

Chair: Freedom C Onuoha, Coordinator, Security, Violence and Conflict Research Group, University of Nigeria


  • Jakob Larsen, Head of Maritime Safety and Security, BIMCO
  • Commander Yussif Benning, Director ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Centre Zone F (TBC)
  • Pascaline Odoubourou, Founder and Editor-in-Chief at MaritimAfrica
Event details

This seminar is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.


Timothy Walker, Phone: +27 12 346 9500, Email: