The 15th Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Management and Operations Course took place at Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) from 10 – 14 February 2020. The week-long programme attracted personnel from various institutions.

The Guest of Honour for the opening ceremony was the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Petroleum Commission Ghana, Mr Ebert Faibille Jnr. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Commandant and Deputy Commandant, Directors and Directing Staff of the College.

gafcscCOMMANDANT WITH THE DEPUTY AND MR EGBERT FAIBILLE JNR IN THE COMMANDANT’S OFFICE

The aim of the course is to provide professionals in the maritime industry, affiliated stakeholders and important decision-makers in the maritime industry with the background knowledge required for the effective EEZ management and operations.

COMMANDANT AND GUEST OF HONOUR ARRIVING ANKRAH HALL FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY

The objectives of the EEZ module were:

  1. Create awareness among stakeholders about the enormity of the resource potential and the requirements for monitoring, control, and surveillance of the ocean.
  2. Identify the capabilities required to manage the EEZ.
  3. Identify and define the roles and capabilities of the various stakeholders engaged in the effective and efficient management of the EEZ.
  4. Enable stakeholders to appreciate the magnitude of each other’s contribution towards the management of resources within the country’s EEZ.
  5. Develop mechanisms to harness the collaborative efforts of stakeholders to support the training and financing of the operations involved in the management of the EEZ among others.

The subject areas to be covered include International Maritime Law, Maritime Threats, Search and Rescue at Sea, Fishery Resources in Ghana’s EEZ, Meteorology and Oceanography, Oil Spillage Response, Global Maritime Distress, and Safety Systems, etc.

GUEST OF HONOUR MR EGBERT FAIBILLE JNR GIVING HIS OPENING ADDRESS

Participants on the Course comprised of 72 regular students of GAFCSC Senior Course 41 and 20 external participants from Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). Other participants are drawn from the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, Ghana Maritime Authority, Ghana Maritime University, GTV, NACOB, EPA, University of Ghana, Ghana Marine Police and the Fisheries Commission among others. The course was residential for GAFCSC students and non-residential for external participants.

SOME OF THE COURSE PARTICIPANTS DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY

Resources persons for the course were drawn from GAFCSC, the Ghana Navy, Maritime University, University of Ghana and GIMPA. Addressing the participants during the opening ceremony, Mr. Egbert Faiblle Jnr outlined the importance of the maritime environment to Ghana and all littoral states in West Africa. He advised that countries should strike a balance between the exploitation of the resources of the oceans for current use and safeguard the maritime environment for the benefit of future generations. He urged the participants to make judicious use of their time during the course and also make new friends.

THE GUEST OF HONOR AND COMMANDANT IN GROUP PICTURE WITH PARTICIPANTS AFTER THE OPENING ADDRESS

Giving his address during the closing ceremony, the Guest of Honour, Mr. Thomas Kofi Alonsi, the Director-General of Ghana Maritime Authority congratulated all the participants for going through the course successfully.

THE GUEST OF HONOUR, MR THOMAS KOFI ALONSI WITH THE COMMANDANT AND THE DEPUTY COMMANDANT DURING THE CLOSING CEREMONY

He urged them to put into practice whatever knowledge they have gained during the period to benefit their various organizations and the country as a whole.

COMMANDANT AND GUEST OF HONOUR IN A GROUP PICTURE WITH PARTICIPANTS AND RESOURCE PERSONS AFTER THE CLOSING CEREMONY
GUEST OF HONOUR ADVISING THE PARTICIPANTS AFTER THE CLOSING CEREMONY

He urged them to maintain the friends they had made. He acknowledged the support given by the UK government for the running of the course and also thanked all other stakeholders whose support had made the programme to see the light of day. Certificates of Participation were awarded to all the participants.