Abdullah opens counter-piracy conference
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The UAE will continue to support all the initiatives taken by the
Federal Government of Somalia and efforts made by the international
community to ensure peace and development in Somalia, said Minister of
Foreign Affairs Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
attracting international support and the UAE is committed to support it
realise its vision to combat maritime piracy, which still requires
serious efforts by international community,” he said.
over 500 delegates representing over 50 countries at the opening
ceremony of the 3rd UAE counter-piracy conference, which opened in Dubai
on Wednesday, the minister said that the UAE has pledged $50 million
for developmental projects in Somalia with confidence that this will
contribute to providing a decent livelihood for Somali brothers.
conference, held under the theme of Countering Maritime Piracy:
Continued Efforts for Regional Capacity Building, is a public-private
initiative co-convened by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, global
marine terminal operator DP World and Abu Dhabi Port Company (ADPC).
has attracted more than 500 government officials, industry leaders,
academics and experts in maritime affairs from 50 countries including
more than 20 minister-level government officials.
senior government speakers at the conference were the Ministers of
Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Tanzania,
Bangladesh, the Philippines and Comoros.
Delivering the keynote
address, the President of Somalia Hassan Sheikh Mohamud expressed hope
that this conference will address the root causes of piracy which are
poverty, lack of functioning institutions in Somalia, lack of hope, and
opportunities for the young people and addressing the real concerns on
illegal fishing and toxic waste dumping in Somali waters.
the outcome of global efforts so far, Mohamud warned that the sign of
relief cannot be taken for granted. “It is critical to note that the
threat posed by the pirates remains. Initiatives taken so far are
limited to addressing symptoms and real causes are yet to be uprooted,”
He urged the international community to support the
Somalian government sustain the progress it has made so far and not to
allow for Somalia going backwards.
“The best way to deal with
pirates is to empower the Federal Government of Somalia to reach out
communities in these regions and to provide them alternative
livelihoods, rehabilitation centres and to provide job opportunities.
But due to capacity limitations in terms of resources, we are struggling
to meet these demands,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, DP
World chairman Sultan Ahmed Bon Sulayem said that the annual conference,
which started two years ago, opened the way for dialogue and
coordination between the merchant and navy fleets to find solutions at
sea, while bringing attention to the potential for public-private
partnerships to solutions on shore.