allAfrica.com: West Africa: Gulf of Guinea – the New Flashpoint of Piracy in Africa?

Somalia-based piracy attacks have decreased significantly in the course of 2013.

As international efforts to combat Somali-based piracy begin to deliver results, however, there is growing concern over the marked increase in piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, particularly targeted at the region’s oil and gas sector.

The international response to Somalia-based piracy has been comprehensive, including political efforts through the United Nations Security Council and the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), best practice guidelines developed by the shipping industry, operational and intelligence cooperation among numerous naval forces, and the increasing role of private security firms in protecting vessels from attack.

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via allAfrica.com: West Africa: Gulf of Guinea – the New Flashpoint of Piracy in Africa?.

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