India has become the co-chair of Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness (WG-MSA) under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS).
Decision in this regard, was taken through a consensus during the 19th Plenary Session of the CGPCS held in Mahe, Seychelles from 31st May to 3th June 2016.
India was selected as co-chair in recognition of its pro-active role in combating the problem of piracy off the Somalian Coast and in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Seychelles is the current chairman of the CGPCS for the biennium 2016-17.
About Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)
- CGPCS is an international governance mechanism established in 2009 to facilitate the discussion and coordination of actions among states and organizations to suppress maritime piracy near Somali.
- It was established in response to United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1851 (2008), later recalled and replaced with UNSC Resolution 1918 (2010).
- So far more than 60 countries and international organizations have become part of this forum to work collectively for the prevention of piracy off the Somali coast.