Angola to host Gulf of Guinea maritime talks

Angola will Thursday and Friday host the Gulf of Guinea Maritime and Energy Security Summit.
The summit is organised by the Angolan government in partnership with the US and Italy.
Washington and Rome experts are expected to attend the summit.
According to the Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Luanda was ready to host the gathering.
“At least 54 countries from Africa, Europe and Asia will take part in the meeting, ” Mr Chikoti told journalists in Luanda.
“The meeting is particularly important to Angola because it has a considerable maritime space for fishing and oil exploration and also to address piracy,” added Mr Chikoti.
Lost to piracy
Angola is considered as a strategic area for international commerce that was opening doors to the entire world.
About $7 billion is reportedly lost to piracy yearly in the Gulf of Guinea region.
In the African territorial waters alone, studies indicate, 80 per cent of the fishing was illegal.
The Gulf of Guinea Commission was established in 2001 and comprises eight member states — the Republic of Congo, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.
It allows member states to work together to address the challenges of economic, environmental, security and maritime issues facing the region.