The government of France, through its Embassy in Accra has donated UHF and VHF radio communication equipment and components to the ECOWAS Multinational Maritime Coordination Center (MMCC) Zone F on Thursday 28 November 2019, at the Christianborg Castle in Accra.
The gesture is to help the Center maintain communication with other maritime centers in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG), establish contact with the sea and air vessels in the Gulf, as well as support the Yaoundé Code of Conduct (YCC), which was signed by 25 West African Countries in June 2013 in Yaoundé, Cameroon to curtail maritime threats in the gulf.
The French Ambassador to Ghana, Her Excellency Anne Sophie Ave presenting the equipment to the Center reiterated the importance of collaboration between ECOWAS member countries to fight the menace at sea including piracy, kidnapping, armed robbery and other maritime crimes.
She indicated that France was ready to provide training and capacity building to enable free and smooth movement of goods and services to bring wealth to countries.
The Director of the MMCC zone F, Cdr Yusif Benning who received the items stressed the need for a concerted effort between ECOWAS member States and development partners to help eliminate the various threats at the sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
He expressed profound gratitude to the French Government for the kind gesture and asked for further collaboration between the MMCC and the French government.