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  • ECOP Training Programme | GoGMI

    Virtual Training Programme Exploring Pathways to a Vibrant Ocean Economy for Africa Background There is no doubt that global developmental debate in the last couple of years has been primarily focused on the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). What is beginning to emerge more and more is that the ocean is a pivotal tool for achieving these goals. Over the past few years, there has been a burgeoning awareness of the fact that SDG 14 on Life Below Water, is one of the primary facilitators for several other SDGs: Zero Hunger, Good Health & Well-being, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, and of course, Climate Action. The fluid, interconnected and vast nature of the globe’s shared maritime space provides a constant reminder that the most salient approaches to safeguarding our oceans cannot be based on segmented, uncoordinated efforts, but must depend on productive deliberation, knowledge sharing and the active participation of all relevant stakeholders towards effecting change on a global scale. An African Solution For developing countries like those within the West African sub-region, the ocean holds the key to sustainable economic growth and development. A vibrant ocean economy should therefore lie at the heart of national and regional agenda. One of the most crucial first steps to attaining this is by directly investing in building the capacity of Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs), primed not only to generate much needed dialogue on the ocean economy, but also to advance innovative approaches to developing a sustainable and equitable ocean economy. The Institute took tangible steps in this direction by organising the recently concluded Blue Career and Business Expo, a two-day conference that created the platform for young people to interact with maritime industry leaders on Ghana’s ocean economy. The EXPO was not conducted as an isolated event, but as the first of a series of events and activities to be organised by the GoGMI in the coming years, intended to create multi-opportunity exchange platforms for Ghanaian youth and ECOPs to be directly engaged in the development of viable pathways towards building a robust Blue Economy in Africa. In line with this ultimate objective – and to build on the momentum generated by the EXPO – GoGMI designed a nine-day capacity building programme, intended to address Challenge 4 of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science (UN Ocean Decade): develop a sustainable and equitable ocean economy. About the Programme The programme, titled Exploring Pathways to a Vibrant Ocean Economy for Africa, included a series of lectures and interactions aimed at equipping selected participants with first-hand knowledge about the blue economy. It further explored approaches to harnessing the ocean and its resources as an integral tool for advancing economic growth and development across the continent, through the development of a sustainable and equitable ocean economy. The training was held from 14th to 24th March, 2022. It was offered in partnership with the ECOP Programme, an endorsed Action of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, and was funded through the generous support of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and the IOC-UNESCO. ​ The course ran virtually via Zoom over a series of nine online sessions. All session videos and presentation materials have been made available to interested persons below. ​ The detailed course syllabus, along with pre-readings can be accessed here. All selected readings are open-access documents available online (links provided). Individuals wishing to engage in self-paced learning of the topic areas are strongly encouraged to complete reading suggested materials for each session before watching session videos to gain a full contextual understanding of the lecture and subsequent discussions. SESSION 1 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 1: Presentation on Understanding the Ocean Economy delivered by Capt. (GN) Isaac Aratuo. Download presentation document SESSION 2 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 2: Presentation on Ocean Sustainability delivered by Naval Lieutenant Commander Duodu of the Ghana Navy. SESSION 3 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 3: Presentation on Exploring Africa's Blue Economy Sectors delivered by Mrs. Stephanie Schandorf, Associate Director of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute. SESSION 4 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 4: Presentation on Impact of IUU in Africa: Awareness on the Importance of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy delivered by Dr. Kwame Mfodwo. Download presentation document SESSION 5 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 5: Presentation on Equal Rights and Access to the Ocean Economy delivered by Dr. Juliet Igbo. SESSION 6 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 6: Presentation on From Science to Policy: Equitable and Sustainable Development of Africa's Ocean Economy delivered by Dr. Felicia Chinwe Mogo. Download presentation document SESSION 7 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 7: Presentation on Marine Spatial Planning delivered by Joel Kamdoum Ngueuko. SESSION 8 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 8: Presentation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management for Equity and Sustainability in Africa's Blue Economy delivered by Dr. Alberta Sagoe. Download presentation document SESSION 9 ECOP TRAINING PROGRAMME DAY 9: Presentation on Sustainable Fisheries Management by Dr. Evans Kwasi Arizi. Uzoma Nworgu, Cabo Verde “Learning about the Blue Economy and its need in Africa has served as a compass for me as an early career ocean professional. This is the time of the ocean, and GoGMI has done a great service to the #OceanDecade initiative by organizing such a program.”

  • Fellow Membership | GoGMI

    Fellow Membership GoGMI awards Fellowship only to exceptional individuals at the forefront of ocean governance, maritime safety and security, or related disciplines and have demonstrated significant achievements relevant to GoGMI over the last 10 years. Applicants must show evidence of their specific personal contributions, achievements and the associated impact in two and no more than three of the eight criteria described below. To apply, complete the application form here using no more than 1000 words in total. Where appropriate include URL links for significant additional evidence. URL links should only be used to validate key evidence provided. If you cannot provide publicly available information due to security or other sensitivity, then it must be confirmed by your supporters. Criteria: Creativity Describe the key findings of your independent contributions to original research, including the associated outcomes and impact that have resulted in national and /or international recognition. Include a selection of the following examples that cover the full 5-year period. Enterprise Summarize your personal creation and development of successful business (es) or significant business unit(s) in areas relevant to the IET, including details of products and services developed and delivered. Insight and experience Show your roles as a consultant, business manager, technical specialist / subject area expert / functional head in fields related to engineering and technology. Leadership Describe your senior role(s) that set, directs or significantly influences an organization’s vision, strategic and operational aims. Please include an organizational chart that shows your title and position within your organization both upwards and downwards, including the number of professional engineers and other professional people that report directly and indirectly to you. Demonstrate how you have shown leadership. Repute Provide evidence of public recognition of standing at national and/or international level Responsibility Summarize your operational responsibility for significant programmes, activities, risks and resources within an organization (commercial, industrial, government, military or academic). Include an organizational chart that shows your title and your position within your organization both upwards and downwards, including the number of people that report directly and indirectly to you. Service Describe the impact of your outstanding service as an exceptional individual on committees or other relevant organizations in ocean governance and maritime safety and security disciplines such as non-government and government committees, not-for-profit organizations etc. Influence and contribution Indicate any other activities that demonstrate the expectations for GoGMI Fellow not covered by the criteria above. There must be evidence of personal impact but there is no other constraint on the type of activity that might be considered under this criterion. It could include any of the following: – Any activity that fulfils the wider goals and aims of GoGMI and is of a standard commensurate with the other Fellowship criteria. Our mission: To provide an intellectual base to governments, organizations, corporate bodies and individuals whose activities impinge upon the maritime domain of the GoG Region to ensure a sustainable use of the sea. As a Fellow you’ll benefit from: having an internationally recognised accreditation (and a certificate) increased recognition with employers opportunities to shape the future of maritime industry development by joining panels, events and discussions being able to give back as a mentor or ambassador to young people our exclusive Fellows LinkedIn group for global networking invites to our Fellows only events, like our Fellow Networking Events. APPLY HERE! First Name Last Name Email Phone Criteria (no more than 1000 words) Apply Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

  • Student Membership | GoGMI

    Student Membership Student membership offers a great opportunity for undergraduate or postgraduate students to become involved in the Institute’s activities by exploring a wide range of policy issues, research works, and debate developmental topics of interest relevant in the Gulf of Guinea region. Through a variety of curated and innovative platforms that falls in line with the Institute programs, it engages young members to create compelling opportunities to engage with experienced maritime experts and policy practitioners from the fields of politics, academia, private sector, and industry. The student membership gives young members - who have been chosen through a membership application process – the opportunity to work closely with GoGMI experts on various research programs and develop innovative ideas that contribute to addressing the current challenges facing the region. Applicants should show a commitment to contributing to national and regional strategic debates, and are required to provide a copy of attestation from their university confirming the name and dates of their course, or a copy of their student ID. APPLY HERE! First Name Last Name Email Phone Link to attestation/copy of id Apply Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

  • GoG-MCF/SHADE | GoGMI

    Heading Strengthening Counter-Piracy Responses: The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum An article by the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute Shared Awareness – A Starting Point ​ In the past decade, the world has witnessed an evolution of the Gulf of Guinea’s maritime security threat trajectory – an evolution that rendered the region the most dangerous for seafarers. In 2020, all fifty-seven (57) incidents of kidnapping-for-ransom worldwide occurred in the Gulf; and in the first quarter of 2021, the region accounted for nearly half of all reported piracy incidents worldwide, leaving it as the world’s piracy hotspot, according to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) . ​ What remained clear during this period was that the region presented a unique convolution of enablers for piratical activities, with an inadequate framework for effective maritime regulation and enforcement. In particular, few mechanisms existed for operative dissemination and sharing of information across the broad range of actors involved – a prerequisite to fostering coordinated responses to piracy in the region. Recognising this, the Government of Nigeria and the Inter-regional Coordination Centre (ICC), which represents twenty-one (21) countries in the Gulf of Guinea, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a regionally owned forum, aimed at fostering shared awareness and military de-confliction. ​ The Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum and Shared Awareness and De-confliction (GoG-MCF/SHADE) seeks to create a viable platform for navies, industry partners and other relevant stakeholders from across the Gulf of Guinea and beyond to harmonise counter-piracy efforts and communication in the region under the existing information sharing architecture provided by both the Yaoundé Code of Conduct (YCOC) and the Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security off the Coast of West Africa (BMP-WA). Modus Operandi ​ The GoG-MCF/SHADE functions primarily through plenary sessions, each intended to generate dialogue and result in tangible action steps necessary to foster operational coordination between regional navies and stakeholders within the Gulf of Guinea’s maritime industry. ​ The initiative’s three (3) Working Groups (WG) were formed during the first plenary session across the following thematic areas: Cooperation at Sea (operations), Reporting and Information Sharing and Air De-confliction. ​ The primary purpose of the WG is to identify viable areas for the enhancement of cooperation and de-confliction and to make salient recommendations for each plenary to adopt. To facilitate this, each Working Group includes a subject-matter expert and is chaired by a regional representative. The chart below highlights the major objectives of each of the Working Groups. The SHADE Model has already demonstrated its ability to support the exchange of information between regional and non-regional military forces in countering Somali piracy in the Horn of Africa. Giulia Nicoloso, Critical Maritime Routes Programme Modus Operandi ​ The GoG-MCF/SHADE functions primarily through plenary sessions, each intended to generate dialogue and result in tangible action steps necessary to foster operational coordination between regional navies and stakeholders within the Gulf of Guinea’s maritime industry. ​ The initiative’s three (3) Working Groups (WG) were formed during the first plenary session across the following thematic areas: Cooperation at Sea (operations), Reporting and Information Sharing and Air De-confliction. ​ The primary purpose of the WG is to identify viable areas for the enhancement of cooperation and de-confliction and to make salient recommendations for each plenary to adopt. To facilitate this, each Working Group includes a subject-matter expert and is chaired by a regional representative. The chart below highlights the major objectives of each of the Working Groups. Figure 1: Thematic Working Groups Complementarities ​ The GoG-MCF/SHADE model was designed to work complimentarily with existing information sharing architectures and initiatives in the Gulf of Guinea region, such as the YCOC, BMP-WA and G7++ Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (FoGG). Past Plenaries ​ Since its establishment, the GoG-MCF/SHADE has held five plenary sessions, each complemented by technical Working Group meetings, Working Group chair coordination meetings and plenary session reports. The first four plenaries were held on a bi-monthly cycle; however, a decision has been made to host the plenaries on a tri-monthly cycle going forward. Figure 2: Functional Sessions of the SHADE Model The Fifth Plenary: A Closer Look ​ The fifth plenary presented the first opportunity for the GoG-MCF/SHADE Forum to be convened in-person, facilitating a more active engagement amongst the stakeholders present. The plenary had the theme Sustainability of Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea and provided an opportunity for maritime stakeholders to advocate the need for effective collaboration in the battle against maritime criminality in the region . In attendance were ninety (90) representatives from the sub-region and beyond, making it one of the largest platforms for galvanizing the efforts of stakeholders in operational responses to piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea. Figure 3: Range of Participants: 5th Plenary Session The plenary highlighted, amongst other things, the crucial support of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the G7++ FoGG in advancing the objectives of the forum and facilitating positive interactions. ​ The shipping industry also called for more effective information sharing and interaction between navies operating in the Gulf of Guinea to enhance visibility in the region’s piracy hotspots. The need for such information sharing had to be carefully juxtaposed against a delineation of the roles and responsibilities of different national agencies, while recognising complementarities to avoid a duplication of efforts. ​ Some of the key recommendations resulting from the plenary are indicated below: There is the need for national stakeholders to review and upgrade Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) infrastructure and systems to improve MDA in the Gulf of Guinea. Other relevant stakeholders must also consider the integration of national air assets in enhancing MDA and regional counter-piracy responses. The forum must develop a regular threat assessment for the Gulf of Guinea to facilitate regional naval awareness and industry risk assessment. The GoG-MCF/SHADE should be effectively used to facilitate the joint strategic communications needed to demonstrate regional progress in effectively addressing piracy and armed robbery at sea. Actors at the national level must continue to improve national legislations to ensure a legal finish to piracy prosecutions. The key challenge in the Gulf of Guinea is to effectively integrate all initiatives to address piracy, armed robbery and all maritime criminality into a focused and coordinated effort through the Yaoundé Code of Conduct framework. IMO will continue to play a significant role in facilitating this integration, by maintaining our unstinting support for the Yaoundé Code of Conduct architecture and strengthening capability and capacity. Secretary-General Kitack Lim, International Maritime Organisation - 14th July, 2021 Towards Effective Counter-piracy Responses ​ The Gulf of Guinea is characterised by a complex set of maritime security interventions and initiatives, each aimed at addressing pertinent maritime criminalities such as piracy and armed robbery at sea. The GoG-MCF/SHADE presents a practical opportunity to coordinate efforts by the broad range of stakeholders in the region towards the shared goal of enhancing maritime security. More specifically the SHADE forum has led to the following notable benefits: ​ Facilitation of operational dialogue across the clear-cut thematic areas of the WPs (Air De-confliction, Cooperation at Sea and Information Sharing) resulting in more targeted dialogues across groups with shared maritime security priorities Catalysation of active external stakeholder initiation of effective maritime regulation and enforcement operations, intended to complement other efforts across the region Establishment of operable best practices and mechansims for reporting incidents across regional navies, such as a replication of the Mercury communication platform used within the Indian Ocean through SOLARTA. Of course, the model can only be successful with the full and active participation of regional and international navies, as well as other relevant stakeholders within the Gulf of Guinea in particular, and across the globe at large. As more plenaries are held, it is imperative that action items are effectively implemented and assessed against intended goals, so that lessons learnt can continually feed into a more effective functioning of GoG-MCF/SHADE. [SOLARTA] has gone online, is being used…and has proved to be effective in preventing attacks becoming hostage situations…And that is a big accomplishment in the space of six months. Simon Church, Special Adviser to Forum Co-chairs - 7th February, 2022 …The establishment of…SHADE has enabled working-level stakeholders from the GoG region and outside…to connect and discuss how best to tackle piracy in the area…this has been a catalyst for non-regional stakeholders to step up and initiate effective maritime law enforcement operations… Dr. Bashir Jamoh, Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency - 5th May, 2022 1/1 The Institute wishes to acknowledge the GoG-MCF SHADE for granting access to useful resources on the initiative, relevant to the preparation of this article 事件概述 2021 年 4 月 26 日,ICC 雅溫得和尼日利亞宣佈建立一個國際框架,為幾內亞灣的活動提供共同認識和消除衝突。本次活動是該框架的首次會議,稱為幾內亞灣海事合作論壇——SHADE(GOG MCF/SHADE)。這次由幾內亞灣海事研究所 (GOGMI) 主辦的在線會議是應國際刑事法院和尼日利亞海軍的 SHADE 聯合主席的邀請而召開的。 ​ 客座演講者 ​ 國際海事組織秘書長 Kitack Lim 先生 ​ Awwal Zubairu Gambo 中將——尼日利亞海軍參謀長 ​ 海軍少將 Narciso Fastudo – ICC 雅溫得執行董事 ​ Bashir Jamoh 博士,尼日利亞 NIMASA 總幹事/首席執行官 ​ 國際航運公會秘書長 Guy Platten 先生 ​ 查看所有傳記 活動特色 第一節 全會 評論 想像 計劃 演示文稿 第二節 會議將分為2個會議。 上午的會議將正式開幕這一具有歷史意義的全體會議,包括地區和國際政要的歡迎詞。 全體會議聯合主席將通過為 GOG-MCF SHADE 將尋求實現的目標設定願景和計劃來領導第二次會議。代表海上合作(行動)、報告、信息共享和空中衝突解決的三位專門工作組主席將介紹他們實現既定目標的計劃。 GOG-MCF/SHADE 是一次工作會議,旨在製定有意義的行動和措施,從而顯著增加區域和國際海軍、國際航運業和幾內亞灣海事利益相關者之間的海上合作。 海事利益相關者將有機會考慮他們的貢獻可以在哪些方面增加價值。 目標觀眾 聯繫我們 如需更多信息,請通過 info@shade.org 聯繫我們

  • Events | Gulf of Guinea Maritime Institute | Accra

    過去的虛擬會議和活動 IMSWG 在線會議 區域和國家海事戰略:前景與挑戰 2020 年 7 月 10 日 查找詳情 IMSWG 在線會議 在加納實現可持續發展目標 14 的海洋空間規劃 2020 年 8 月 28 日 查找詳情 IMSWG 在線會議 加納海洋部門的性別主流化 2020 年 11 月 27 日 查找詳情

  • GoGMI Blue Business Directory | GoGMI

    Welcome to the beta version of the GoGMI Blue Business Directory, a list of maritime organizations with interest in doing impactful work in Ghana's maritime space. Our goal is to help users build connections, collaborations, and careers. Contact us now to have your business featured on the GoGMI Blue Business Directory at directory@gogmi.org.gh ORGANISATION BIO MASSER Afrique is a Ghanaian based company formed by an alliance of knowledgeable maritime professionals with diverse skills committed to supporting the maritime industry by providing valuable and cost effective maritime related support services. ​ Our mission is to empower industrial stakeholders through a wide range of experiences to impel and administer solutions to the varying needs and challenges of the maritime industry. We will achieve this through: ​ •A Maritime Entrepreneurship Business School •Teens in Maritime Academy Project (NGO) •Masser Afrique Entrepreneurship Accelerator CONTACT INFORMATION/ADDRESS Address: P.O. Box SK 116, Sakumono. Location: 47 Nungua Link Road, Baatsonaa. Spintex Road. Contact: +233265769031 Address: P.O. Box SK 116, Sakumono. Location: 47 Nungua Link Road, Baatsonaa. Spintex Road. Contact: +233265769031 CONTACT INFORMATION/ADDRESS Visit Webpage WHAT IS THE ORGANISATION OFFERING Training and Consultancy Research and Development Business Development Internship Placements

  • Publications | GoGMI

    GoGMI IMSWG 會議報告 在加納發展藍色經濟;前景與挑戰 2019 年 3 月 27 日 由幾內亞灣海事研究所 (GoGMI) 在科菲國際維和中心的支持下領導的各種政府機構和機構專家代表以及海運業利益相關者之間合作努力的產物。 下載完整報告 GoGMI IMSWG 會議報告 海洋塑料垃圾,危害海洋健康和藍色經濟 2019 年 5 月 7 日 下載完整報告 GoGMI IMSWG 會議報告 區域和國家海事戰略 2020 年 7 月 10 日 下載報告 GoGMI IMSWG 會議報告 在加納實現可持續發展目標 14 的海洋空間規劃 2020 年 8 月 28 日 下載報告 GoGMI IMSWG 會議報告 加納海洋部門的性別主流化 2020 年 11 月 27 日 下載報告 GoGMI IMSWG 會議報告 發展藍色事業 推動幾內亞灣海洋經濟戰略發展 2021 年 2 月 25 日 本次會議旨在為區域和國家利益相關者提供一個平台,以確定和討論促進非洲海運業新技能和藍色職業發展的綜合戰略和具體行動。 下載報告 GoGMI 2021 年世界海洋日報告(在線調查) 2021 年 7 月 13 日 閱讀該研究所的世界海洋日在線調查報告,該報告調查了加納公眾對其與海洋聯繫的理解,探索在加納加強海洋掃盲行動的方法。 下載報告

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