Signatories of East African Regional Agreement Track Improvements in Maritime Security Measures

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A new Stable Seas document provides a tool for signatories of the Djibouti Code of Conduct, an agreement that coordinates efforts of regional countries to combat piracy and armed robbery and other kinds of maritime crime in the Western Indian Ocean region and the Gulf of Guinea, to measure maritime security. 

The Stable Seas Maritime Security Index maps and measures nine indicators of maritime stability and governance: international cooperation, rule of law, maritime enforcement, coastal welfare, blue economy, fisheries, piracy and armed robbery, illicit trades, and maritime mixed migration. The Index was originally designed to assist in the evaluation and implementation of regional maritime security strategies, including the Djibouti Code of Conduct. 

The Djibouti Code of Conduct Maritime Security Brief provides a detailed analysis of the nine issue areas in the regions covered by the Djibouti Code. The Maritime Security Index clearly shows that this collection of countries faces a diverse array of challenges in securing the maritime space. The group of signatory countries ranges in economic and military strength, but on average, the DCOC countries outperform the broader coastal membership of the African Union on eight of nine issue areas examined. Particularly noteworthy is the progress against piracy and armed robbery made by these countries since the origination of the Djibouti Code. It is our hope that with even more and better data, the DCOC bloc can replicate this progress against other kinds of maritime threats. 

Read the full report and learn more about its findings.