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Cairo to host international anti piracy summit

afrol News, 30 April - The Egyptian captial of Cairo is to host an emergency international summit on anti piracy on 27 May as African waters are becoming more and more unsafe for both commercial and humanitarian vessels.

The Anti Piracy Unit, Managing Director William "Bo" Fielding, announced today that due to the recent spiking violent piracy in the Gulf of Aden and surrounding areas, with over 20 ships and more than 200 people currently being held by pirates, an emergency summit has been organised through contacts with the government of Egypt, Somalia, Djibouti, Yemen, Jordan, Panama, Malaysia, International Agencies and Industry leaders.

He said the summit will bring together an unprecedented group of top level government and private sector decision makers and experts from key government agencies, which will include major shipping, insurance, security and policy experts to present "immediate short term solutions," as well as long term policy models, to combat the growing scourge of criminal piracy in the world's most vital trade routes and waterways.

Mr Fielding stated that: "this international conference will bring together for the first time key decision makers and experts with real solutions, that will be reflected on the sea, as well as on the ground, within a very short period of time, rather than just a discussion forum, on this important issue."

An estimated of 300 delegates worldwide are expected to attend the 27 May event, with extended working groups on the 28th-29th of May, in Nasr City, Cairo - Egypt.

According to the organisers, delegates and invited guests, include members of the Unites States Central Command and the US State Department, African Union, Suez Canal Authorities, Panama Canal and Malaysian Authorities, Special Operations Commanders or their representatives from Yemen, Djibouti, Jordan, USA, Spain, France, Germany and other EU Member Countries, Counter-Terrorism Experts, Lloyds and other major Insurance Underwriters, Secretary General of Greek Arab Affairs Ambassador Moheb El Samara (Egypt), Major Shipping Companies, members of the Somali transitional Government and many other experts and dignitaries from Egypt, Asia, Middle East and Africa.

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