The Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) at the weekend ended the 15th Maritime Security and Transnational Organized Crime (MSTOC) Course with a call on participants to apply the knowledge gained to their work.
The two-week course had 33 participants from various security services as well as civilians from both state and non- state actors in the maritime sector from 13 Gulf of Guinea countries.
Air Commodore George Arko-Dadzie, the Deputy Commandant of the KAIPTC, said in a closing remark that application of the acquired knowledge, and making the same available to their colleagues would contribute to the aim of the course, which was to strengthen professional networks among regional, sub-regional, and national maritime security forces as well as civilian personnel.
Air Commodore Arko-Dadzie said the course created the opportunity for participants to exchange knowledge, views, experiences, and expertise among themselves and the facilitators, adding that he has the strongest conviction that they found the course applicable to the present situation of the subregion.
He indicated that participants had appraised themselves on emerging maritime security and transnational organized crimes and strengthened existing collaborations, coordination, cooperation, and information sharing among them to safeguard the maritime industry.
"Obviously your knowledge has been enhanced and you are abreast with the ECOWAS Maritime Security Architecture for maritime crime and the current regime pertaining to maritime security, the way forward is to strengthen the networks created, consult with each other, and share the knowledge, and complement each other's efforts in the future," he added.