Maritime legislation: Togolese legal experts meet in Lomé to discuss measures to fight piracy and other maritime crimes

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 13:36
Maritime legislation: Togolese legal experts meet in Lomé to discuss measures to fight piracy and other maritime crimes

(Togo First) - Lomé is currently hosting a four-day workshop on ways to tackle maritime piracy and criminality in Togo. The training session began yesterday, gathering around 20 legal experts (prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement agents) who will boost their capacities relative to maritime law.

Financed by the European Union, it is organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). It is part of a project supporting West Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy (IMS) and aligns with recent reforms initiated in the country, lauded by the UNODC.

The country "has done a great job these past years, in regard to legal reforms, said the UN office. We can say Togo is a sort of leader, in the Gulf of Guinea, looking at the consistency and quality of efforts it made relating to legal reforms," the institution added.

According to Stanislas Baba, deputy minister in charge of the maritime industry, the country, in addition to reinforcing its maritime legislation by adopting a maritime code, "has established a national jurisprudence overseeing measures to fight maritime crimes."

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