7 April 2013

Somalia: Puntland President Meets With South Africa Delegation

Garowe — The president of Somalia's Puntland government Dr. Abdirahman Mohamed Farole met with a delegation of South African officials on Saturday in the administrative capital of Puntland, Garowe Online reports.

The South African delegation led by Edgar Motsisi arrived in Garowe on Saturday to meet with President Farole, Vice President Abdisamad Ali Shire and Cabinet Ministers. The officials discussed the protection of the Somali coast - that has the longest coastline in Africa - that has been riddled with illegal fishing and toxic dumping.

The South African delegation arrived in Mogadishu to meet with Somali Federal Government officials to discuss the same issues prior to coming Garowe.

According to analysts of Somalia's maritime sector, one of the main causes of piracy is illegal fishing which has increased after the fall of piracy. "One of the root causes of piracy had been the illegal activities including illegal fishing and toxic dumping that were going on off the coast of Somalia. Now that the threat of piracy has decreased the illegal ships have made a comeback in Somali waters. To stop piracy from resurging, there needs to be increased Somali based efforts to drastically improve Somalia's maritime security," said Hussein Abdirahman, a Maritime Security Researcher at the Puntland based New Access International (NAI) research and consulting NGO.

After discussing methods to improve security off the coast of Somalia the delegation met with Minister of Education Abdi Farah Saeed (Juha).


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