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Enhancing Maritime Security: A Vital Imperative



  Sep 18, 2023

Maritime Security


The Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
 

Djibouti Code of Conduct/Jeddah Amendment (DCoC/JA):

 
DCoC: An international agreement initiated in 2009 to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Western Indian Ocean, primarily near Somalia.
 
Objective: To enhance maritime security, promote economic development, and strengthen regional cooperation against maritime crimes.
 
Jeddah Amendment (JA): An extension adopted in 2017, expanding DCoC's scope to cover the entire Indian Ocean region.
 
Cooperation: Encourages cooperation among regional states in combating piracy, sharing information, and prosecuting pirates.
 
Member States: Comprises numerous member states from the Indian Ocean region and beyond.
 

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA):

 
IORA: An intergovernmental organization established in 1997, comprising countries bordering the Indian Ocean, dialogue partners, and observers.
 
Objective: Promotes regional cooperation, sustainable development, and various forms of collaboration within the Indian Ocean region.
 
Maritime Security: Focuses on enhancing cooperation among member states to address maritime challenges, ensure navigation safety, and promote sustainable marine resource use.
 
Member States: Includes over 20 member states from the Indian Ocean region, with dialogue partners and observers from outside the region.
 
In summary, DCoC/JA primarily addresses piracy and armed robbery in the Indian Ocean, while IORA is a broader regional organization focused on cooperation, sustainable development, and maritime security in the Indian Ocean region.


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