GIS - 24 April, 2017: In the context of the Regional Programme for the Promotion of Maritime Security (MASE) designed to enhance maritime security in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region (ESA-IO), a training programme was held from 18 to 22 April 2017 at the Prison Training School in Beau Bassin.
This initiative of the East African Community (EAC) saw the participation of around 40 heads from correctional services of the ESA-IO namely Burundi, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Somalia, Seychelles, and Uganda.
Present at the opening held on 21 April 2017, the Commissioner of Prisons, Mr P. Appadoo appealed to the EAC to focus on cooperation in the field of Correctional and Rehabilitation services. He expressed conviction that the training will be an eye opener in other fields of cooperation wherein each partner benefits from the technical knowledge of one and another.
The workshop enabled the participants to exchange views as regards best practices on the management of prisons. Problems and issues facing prisons as well as corrective measures were on the agenda.
The training coincided with the 6th Meeting of the EAC Prisons and Correctional Services Chiefs and the 2nd Meeting of the ESA-IO Prisons and Correctional Services Chiefs. This is in line with the resolution of the 1st ESA-IO Prisons and Correctional Services Chiefs Meeting held in Mombasa on 20 May 2015 where the Republic of Mauritius offered to host the two meetings.
MASE programme, a regional response to maritime insecurity
The MASE Programme aims at promoting maritime security and safety in the Western Indian Ocean. Coordinated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), it comprises five result areas implemented by ESA-IO regional organisations :
Result 1 – Alternative livelihoods through vocational development initiatives and advocacy against piracy are supported; maritime coordination mechanisms are reinforced in Somalia;
Result 2 – National and regional legal, legislative and infrastructural capabilities for arrest, transfer, detention and procesution of pirates are developed and strengthened;
Result 3 – Regional capacity to disrupt the financial networks of pirate leaders and their financier while also addressing the structural vulnerability factors and minimise the economic impact of piracy is strengthened;
Result 4 – National and regional capacity for maritime tasks and support functions are enhanced; and
Result 5 – A regional mechanism for coordination and exchange of information is developed.
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