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General News of Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Source: radioxyzonline.com

$2b sunk into securing Gulf of Guinea

Almost $2 billion is invested into securing operations in the Gulf of Guinea which lies on Ghana’s coast. The development has prompted African countries along the Gulf to better strategise to guarantee the security of the Coast.

Vice president of Ghana, Kwesi Amissah Arthur says his government is concerned about the security of the Gulf as oil exploration by his country could be threatened.

“There is growing awareness that rather than contributing to stability and economic prosperity, the resource rich environment, economic and maritime environment and the potential of our Gulf are being undermined by domestic, regional and international threats,” Mr Amissah-Arthur said in Accra on Tuesday at the opening of a coastal and maritime surveillance conference.

According to him, Ghana’s Navy will be well equipped to protect the Coast of the country.

“As we develop National and Regional strategies for Maritime security, it is important that we continue to seek new solutions to effectively deal with this threat. New concepts are emerging and so are the developments of new technologies.

In Ghana several products have been offered to us as possible solutions to the maritime security challenges, bringing together the experts and the professionals to discuss this issue and also to have a first-hand assessment of the various products and solutions is definitely the best way to make progress,” the vice president said.

Experts at the conference will exchange ideas and skills to enhance their operations.

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