Africa-Press – Cape verde. The Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, defended at the first African Maritime Forces Summit the need to strengthen the country’s maritime security and reduce vulnerabilities with more operational means, whether air, maritime or technological.
For the PM, who was speaking at the African Maritime Forces Summit taking place in Sal, maritime security and the alliance for defense and security are central elements of the new strategic concept of defense and security in preparation.
As he advanced, Cape Verde has made its own efforts in investments and training in digital technologies and equipment at air and maritime borders, in document security, in criminal investigation and in the transparency and exchange of fiscal information.
“The inspection of our extensive maritime area, for reasons of security and economic protection, is very demanding and also demands more sophisticated technological support, such as the support of satellites for the provision of relevant information”, he said.
Airplane for the Coast Guard
The Chief Executive added that the Coast Guard will be equipped with a plane for surveillance, patrolling, search and rescue and emergency actions to support civil protection, in addition to the desire to reinforce cooperation for cooperative security to provide the Coast Guard with helicopters.
Naval resources, according to Ulisses Correia e Silva, should also be strengthened, including the technical and financial capacity to maintain vessels.
The head of government said he hoped to see “strong commitments” come out of this Summit, which runs until the 22nd, on the island of Sal, among the group of African countries participating in the event.
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