US leadership in Africa

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For decades, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing has been a global problem affecting ocean ecosystems, threatening economic and food security, and putting law-abiding fishermen and seafood producers at a disadvantage.

From a security point of view, it was noted that the IUU threatens states in many forms – from criminal activity in ports to the rule of law. These activities, besides Food security, income loss, and climate change All this leads to instability.

As such, the United States released a file 5 year strategy which defines a regional approach focused on “flag nations” to support a whole-of-government approach to addressing IUU fishing and related threats to maritime security.

“Each flag or administration country has expressed its willingness and interest to take 6 effective measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities associated with its vessels,” the report stated. “The United States aims to help these governments and authorities become self-sufficient and regional leaders in combating IUU fishing.”

In Africa, this means building an existing bilateral enforcement agreement between the United States and Senegal to help protect Senegal’s fisheries resources, thereby demonstrating to the region the value of cooperating with the United States in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Furthermore, through USAID, the US government is seeking to improve fisheries management in Senegal through a five-year, $15 million project to improve sustainability and detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

These efforts will build on opportunities in existing regional and partner-centric approaches such as the Djibouti and Yaoundé Code of Conduct – and maritime exercises such as Phoenix And the Obangame Express – Combating piracy and illegal activity in the waters of Africa.

Lieutenant General Kirk Smith, deputy commander of the US Air Force in Africa, said during the Upangami Express 2022. “And that we each stand a little taller while shoulder to shoulder in pursuit of peace and prosperity.”

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