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EXPLAINED : DJIBOUTI CODE OF CONDUCT/ JEDDAH AMENDMENT (DCOC/JA)

EXPLAINED : DJIBOUTI CODE OF CONDUCT/ JEDDAH AMENDMENT (DCOC/JA)

Context

India has joined the Djibouti Code of Conduct as an observer.

About Djibouti Code of Conduct

  • It is a code which is instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.
  • It has also covered other illicit maritime activities, including human trafficking and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
  • A high-level meeting of signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct was held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2017 which adopted a revised Code of Conduct, known as the “Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct 2017”.
  • The Jeddah Amendment recognizes the important role of the “blue economy” including shipping, seafaring, fisheries and tourism in supporting sustainable economic growth, food security, employment, prosperity and stability.
  • It also expresses deep concern about crimes of piracy, armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activity, including fisheries crime, in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

About Djibouti

  • It is a country located in the Horn of Africa in East Africa.
  • It is bordered by Somalia in the south, Ethiopia in the south and west, Eritrea in the north, and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the east. Across the Gulf of Aden lies Yemen.

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