On January 15-16-17, EUCAP Somalia Head of Mission (HoM), Maria-Cristina Stepanescu, returned to Garowe, Puntland State of Somalia, where one of the Mission’s field offices is located.
During the visit, Ms Stepanescu discussed with the Puntland Authorities the state of play and the way forward for the activation and expansion of the “Joint Maritime Information and Coordination Centre – JMICC”, a project promoted by EUCAP Somalia.
Once the JMICC becomes fully operational (currently planned for between Summer and early Autumn of 2018), it will provide accurate information and response options to the Puntland Authorities with regard to maritime security and safety related issues, in particular, during incidents, accidents and emergencies in the coastal regions. The JMICC is expected to be able to network on local, regional and global networks of data and sources of information.
Direct beneficiaries of the JMICC are:
The Ministries of:
Security & Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration
Maritime Transport, Ports and Maritime Crime Prevention
Fisheries and Marine Resources
Interior, Local Governance and Rural Development
Environment, Wildlife and Tourism
Ministry for Information, Telecommunication, Post and Cultural Heritage
Bosasso Port – Maritime Police Unit
Puntland Maritime Police Force
Puntland State Police Forces
The Puntland Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Agency (HADMA)
During the Puntland visit, on the occasion of her visit to the Joint Maritime Information and Coordination Centre’s premises, EUCAP Somalia’s HoM signed a Certificate of Handover together with the Director JMICC, Mr Abdirashid Ahmed Abshir. EUCAP Somalia also donated office and IT equipment necessary for the operational capacity of the JMICC.
Finally, the Puntland visit was an occasion for Ms Stepanescu to meet the Mission’s personnel deployed in Puntland and be briefed in person on their work in the region.