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Maritime piracy challenge requires a comprehensive and integrated response: Sheikh Abdullah

posted on 19/04/2011: 1751 views



Maritime piracy represents one of the biggest challenges and it requires a comprehensive and integrated response led a by all concerned stakeholders, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, said yesterday.

'The UAE recognises that the solution of the maritime piracy problem is essentially connected to the issues of stability and sustainable development as the only long-term solution to violence and crime,' Sheikh Abdullah said while addressing the opening session of the high-level public-private counter-piracy conference in Dubai.

And, he went on to say, there is no doubt that any actions taken in the field of countering piracy would not be effective unless essential changes to the conditions of stability and security on land in Somalia are made. Following this approach, the UAE, through its development agencies, has contributed in supporting development programs in Somalia, and we all have to extend to this country the required assistance which would ensure the control over negative aspects which have widely spread due to the absence of security and stability.

The two-day conference, themed "Global Challenge, Regional Responses: Forging a Common Approach to Maritime Piracy", is attended by shipping industry leaders, foreign ministers and independent experts as well as representatives from over 50 countries. It focuses on the widespread threats of piracy and collaborative means to eradicate it.

In the military sphere, he added 'Our armed forces have joined international efforts in freeing hijacked ships, and in cooperating with our friends in the international community. This was clearly manifested during this month when the UAE forces cooperated with the USA Fifth fleet to free the captured MVArrilah.

'We look forward to the benefits of our meetings with our friends during this conference to discuss cooperation on the matter of counter piracy.

Following is the full opening remarks made by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen; Distinguished guests, It gives me great pleasure to have this opportunity to welcome you here to the United Arab Emirates. I am happy to meet you all in this gathering, and I am hopeful that it will be a great opportunity to all of us to enhance our policies and approaches in the field of counter-piracy.

The convening of this high level conference on counter piracy - the first of its kind in the GCC region- represents an opportunity to unite all our efforts made in order to eradicate the threat posed by piracy to international maritime activities. We all have committed ourselves to not allowing the current situation to continue, to disrupt pirate gangs' terrorist activities on our seas and to end the consequences of such acts which are reflected in disrupting our economic well-being, business sectors, and threaten our very livelihood as cooperative and open societies. To this end, we meet here to promote the mechanisms which will enable us to achieve a substantial change in security, stability and growth.

I have faith in the importance of the decisions which will be made by this gathering, especially when we realise that it combines the united efforts of both public and private sectors affected by piracy.

Ladies and gentlemen, Maritime piracy represents one of the biggest challenges we face today, and it requires a comprehensive and integrated response led a by all concerned stakeholders in this field. For the UAE, this conference represents a significant part of our policies and efforts in counter-piracy response.

In the military sphere, our armed forces have joined international efforts in freeing hijacked ships, and in cooperating with our friends in the international community. This was clearly manifested during this month when the UAE forces cooperated with the USA Fifth fleet to free the captured MVArrilah. We look forward to the benefits of our meetings with our friends during this conference to discuss cooperation on the matter of counter piracy.

The UAE recognises that the solution of the maritime piracy problem is essentially connected to the issues of stability and sustainable development as the only long-term solution to violence and crime. And there is no doubt that any actions taken in the field of countering piracy would not be effective unless essential changes to the conditions of stability and security on land in Somalia are made. Following this approach, the UAE, through its development agencies, has contributed in supporting development programs in Somalia, and we all have to extend to this country the required assistance which would ensure the control over negative aspects which have widely spread due to the absence of security and stability.

Our distinguished guests, Our gathering here for this event reflects our sincere intentions to promote the existing efforts in the field of counter piracy, in addition to the intention to do more on counter maritime piracy issue. It also reflects our confidence in the direction that the international community is taking based on the principles of international cooperation and mutual interests.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman, DP World, also addressed the international counter-piracy meeting. In his speech, he said: Your Highness, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us here. It is testament to the deep concern felt around the world about both the human and financial impact of piracy that so many very senior government and industry leaders have come together to seek solutions to this serious issue.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank His Highness Sheikh Abdullah, the UAE Foreign Minister, for his vision in initiating this important conference. It is his drive and determination that has led to this summit. We are honoured to have been able to contribute.

While the current international focus is on finding near-term, "offshore" solutions for the piracy menace-- particularly in the area of defensive technologies -- it is increasingly clear that the community of nations need to be thinking also long term, and onshore.

This is because stable, prosperous economies are the only effective, enduring solution to piracy, which feeds on the lack of opportunities to make honest money, the lack of structure, the lack of security, the lack of hope for a stable future.

We believe Industry in co-operation with governments and government organisations play a key role in this and it is indeed a big part of the reason DP World and the UAE government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have teamed up to sponsor this conference, at this time, and in the UAE, one of the most prosperous and stable economies in the region.

At DP World we have seen firsthand the difference long term investment and involvement with the community can bring to an economy. This has been a major component of DP World's business development strategy in Africa and elsewhere for many years and is based on the belief that healthy, secure ports and communities are prerequisites for national and regional growth.

We have invested considerable effort and resources in identifying local development initiatives and partnerships with the potential to help build capacity, in the area of healthcare, job creation... and environmental conservation.

For example In the last three years, DP World has worked with partners USAID and FHI to help build a project called ROADS, a pan-African network of clinics/vocational training centres and rest stops along major arteries linking ports with inland population centres. Within a couple of years, these programmes will be offering health, education and training to hundreds of thousands of people in port communities all over Africa.

We will be announcing over the coming days the signing of an agreement to expand ROADS to Mozambique, and the ground breaking of a 1000 sq foot ROADS clinic in Djibouti. A Global Development Alliance with USAID and FHI is in the final stages of development in Dakar, Senegal.

We have helped expand independent clinics and vocational training centres in Aden, Yemen, and are underwriting fellowships for Yemeni doctors to train in the UAE.

All of this fits with the long-term DP World strategy of building bridges to other countries through development projects, and fits within an ethos and a framework dating back to His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, founder of the UAE, and the Abu Dhabi Fund for development loans in the early 70s. If you look at where DP World is in Africa and Asia today, there's a very good chance this was the location of an early ADFD loan.

Your Highness, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: We have an opportunity in these next two days to make a real and tangible difference in the battle against piracy. There are a number of initiatives we and our industry colleagues have developed for consideration during the conference and which we hope will inspire support.

The Port Communities Livelihood and Security initiative, for example, is aimed at creating linkages between local development efforts, technical assistance, and supply chain security The Seafarers' Welfare Information Centre and the Gulf Shipping Line Compact aim to provide greater assistance, and support/ security to vessel crews and their families, and to set more stringent guidelines for companies at risk for pirate attack remember that as we sit here, more than 700 mariners remain in captivity in inhumane conditions...

We hope very much that this conference proves to be an atmosphere in which everyone- government and industry and multilateral and NGOs, will work on these ideas, and come up with new, innovative solutions to both the short term manifestations and longer term causes of piracy. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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