Signing of U.S.- Côte d’Ivoire Maritime Law Enforcement Agreement_February 6, 2024
On February 6, 2024, United States Ambassador Jessica Davis Ba and Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Minister of Foreign Affairs Kacou Houadja Léon Adom signed the U.S.- Côte d’Ivoire Maritime Law Enforcement Agreement in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
The purpose of the Maritime Law Enforcement agreement is to facilitate cooperative maritime law enforcement activities to identify, combat, prevent, and interdict illicit transnational maritime activity. The United States has maritime law enforcement agreements in Africa with Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Senegal, Seychelles, and Sierra Leone.
This agreement will enable the U.S. Coast Guard’s shiprider program which allows U.S. and Ivoirian officials to embark on each other’s vessels for cooperation purposes; help to close global gaps in enforcement needed to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing enforcement; improve bilateral cooperation, coordination, and interoperability; and help build and bolster Côte d’Ivoire’s maritime law enforcement capacity.
The United States and Côte d’Ivoire share a strong partnership grounded in common values of good governance, transparency, and rule of law. The signing of Maritime Law Enforcement Agreement will advance the shared commitment to achieve a safer maritime environment.
Learn more about the U.S. Coast Guard’s Enduring Role in Combatting IUU Fishing: https://www.uscg.mil/iuufishing/