Kenya has been chosen to chair the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) for two years starting on January 2020. Kenya will now be able to coordinate regional and international efforts to address piracy which remains a danger to the Maritime sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo noted that Kenya will collaborate with all member states and stakeholders to make sure that efforts of the international community to tackle piracy through better maritime surveillance, patrols and monitoring and capacity building remain agile and effective.
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She also added that Kenya will attempt to improve information sharing amongst all stakeholders.
This development comes at a time of a diplomatic standoff between Kenya and Somalia, regarding the oil fields in Indian Ocean. Namely, local sources report that the Arab Parliament warned Kenya not to meddle in matters of Somalia especially interfering with its territorial boundary.
It specifically accused Kenya of trying to establish a new map to win over the territorial grounds.