DJIBOUTI (SomalilandPress) – The president, Ismail Omar Guelleh, today presided over the ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the future regional training center located in maritime Doraleh.
In addition to the Prime Minister Mohamed Dileita Dilieta, several members of the government including the Minister of Equipment and Transport, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Moussa, took part in the ceremony.
The event was also attended by the Japanese ambassador to Djibouti, Mr. Jun Shimmi, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. Koji Sekimizu, as well as many civilian and military of the country.
The proposed creation of this center, initiated at the sub-regional meeting of the IMO held in Djibouti in January 2009, is contained in “Djibouti Code of Conduct” adopted and entered into force January 29, 2009 as part of International Maritime Organization.
Funded by the Japanese government to the tune of 4 million USD, or 720 million francs DJ, the regional center for maritime training, documentation and training of Djibouti (CRFMDE) will be operational within a year.
The main tasks of this structure will focus on strengthening regional maritime administrations including allowing the Coast Guard from neighboring countries to conduct their operations in all material respects, in ports and at sea
With this in mind that the Minister of Equipment and Transport, Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Moussa, said in a speech he delivered on that occasion that “this center aims to provide an answer global issues facing safety and security in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa through education, training, and documentation. ”
“The European Union funds in conjunction with the IMO equipment and training,” he also said the minister, adding that “the works of construction of the center also include the construction of a section of road between the site of the future center to the main road near the oil terminal Doraleh.
As for the Japanese ambassador to Djibouti, Mr. Jun Shimmi, he emphasized that “acts of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia continue to worsen and grow.”
“This circumstance is not only a serious threat to the international community, but also an obstacle to economic development of Djibouti,” he added. (Link)
Japan also maintains it’s first overseas base in Djibouti consisting of an airfield to support P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and naval facilities. About 180 Japanese are based in the country, including members of the Japan Coast Guard’s elite Special Boarding Unit (SBU), or Tokubetsukeibitai.
Like other East Asian economies, Japan is reliant on safe, reliable sea lanes. Unchecked, the pirate problem in and around the Horn of Africa could cause interruptions in global shipping, which would impact Japan’s economy. Globalization makes the unlikeliest of places relevant to the economic security of Japan.
A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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