At the closing ceremony for the first GoGIN In-Crisis Communication Course for English speaking countries at the Regional Maritime University (RMU), in Accra, the European Union Ambassador to Ghana, Ms. Diana Acconcia stressed how much maritime governance is needed to improve the blue economy as well as coordination of efforts to fight maritime insecurity and its associated threat.

The 10-day course brought together 14 participants from Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Cameroon and Sierra Leone and aimed to prepare Stakeholders in charge of crisis management and their Public Relations Officers to be able to communicate effectively to the media in crisis situation at sea.

The participants were taken through characteristics of a media statement, organizing press conferences and presentation skills in answering questions during crisis. Other activities involved studio works and simulation exercise with journalists who interviewed the participants on potential crisis events such as piracy and armed robbery at sea, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, shipwrecks, drug traffic and oil spills at sea.

Mr Eric Glotin, GoGIN Regional Coordinator for West Africa, called on the participants to use the knowledge gained for the intended purpose to reinforce maritime safety and security efforts in the region.

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