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Over 70 countries expected at maritime security conference

The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has lauded the Federal Government of Nigeria for accepting to host the upcoming Global Maritime Security Conference, saying the talks will go a long way in addressing security concerns in the maritime domain of the entire Gulf of Guinea. Secretary-General of OPEC Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo gave the commendation in a statement to the organising committee of the conference.

This is as Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, confirmed the participation of over 70 countries in the conference scheduled for 7 – 9 October in Abuja.

Barkindo noted in the statement that the Gulf of Guinea was strategic to the stability of oil production globally. He said the area was a major shipping route and any infraction there would be felt beyond the region.

According to him, “The strategic importance of the Gulf of Guinea is undisputed and any disruptions in the area has a direct negative impact on our industry and, indeed, is of global concern. This conference is timely in bringing together the relevant and critical stakeholders to allow them to discuss in a constructive manner what concerted action could be undertaken to ensure the sustainable use and long term security of this important and strategic body of ocean.”

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