The U.S. Department of State has honored the Africa Center’s Dr. Assis Malaquias with an award recognising his unique contributions in advancing maritime security efforts in Africa. Dr. Malaquias has been leading the Africa Center’s maritime security portfolio since 2009. In this capacity he has facilitated numerous discussions with African governments and Regional Economic Communities on strengthening Africa’s collective maritime security architecture. These efforts have contributed to the Yaoundé Declaration of June 2013 and the “Code of Conduct Concerning the Repression of Piracy, Armed Robbery against Ships, and Illicit Maritime Activity in West and Central Africa” in which 26 heads of government from West and Central African states agreed to formalize their cooperation on maritime security issues.
To mark the occasion, Dr. Malaquias reflects on the current state of maritime security efforts on the continent, addressing its importance for Africa's economic development and security and potential strategies and best practices that can encourage regional coordination in the field.
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