The high-level workshop on the implementation of Jeddah Amendments to the Code of Conduct, 2017, Addressing maritime security challenges through regional cooperation concluded on 25 April.
The workshop was hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Ministry of Interior represented in General Directorate of Border Guard in conjunction with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) at the Conference Hall of Mohammed bin Naif Academy for Maritime Science and Security Studies in Jeddah.
In his speech at the closing session of the workshop, Vice Admiral/ Awad Eid Al Balawi, Director General of Border Guard expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, and in particular HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Interior for the continued support to achieve the regional maritime security.
Vice Admiral/ Al-Balawi demonstrated the urgent need to enhance the role of national focal points, as well as establishment of effective national information sharing centers in all the states of the Code of Conduct to be as a strong foundation for sharing information network of Jeddah amendments. In this way, we have come a long way in enhancing maritime security in the western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden, furthermore achieving maritime development, stressing the benefits of national programs through a comprehensive plan of action to enhance capacity building efforts in maritime security.
Al-Balawi explained that Jeddah amendments to the Code of Conduct 2017 have been signed since more than two years. It is one of the most successful models of regional cooperation and considered a great framework for regional capacity-building. He further urged the participating countries to exert more efforts and cooperate to address maritime security threats in the region.
He pointed out that during the workshop; a number of maritime terrorism acts against international navigation were reviewed, expressing his condemnation of such operations carried out in various ways and methods, which are among the major threats to maritime security by terrorist organizations and militias as well as those who support them to undermine the security of the region. " these acts are not only dangerous to shipping, but also compromise our efforts to achieve sustainable maritime development and blue economy" he said.
In conclusion, Vice Admiral/ Al-Balawi thanked the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Dr. Kitack Lim, as well as all those who contributed in organizing the workshop including committees, secretaries, interpreters and media, wishing to the all safe journeys back home and successful implementation of Jeddah Amendment to the Code of Conduct 2017.
It is noteworthy that the workshop lasted for three days, with participation of 18 countries and representatives of international organizations including the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the European Union, One Earth Future Foundation’s, Cardiff University, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Interpol, The International Commission of Red Cross, the Maritime Security Center for the Horn of Africa and observers from the USA, the UK and Denmark.