OSINT SUMMARY, Somalia, April 20, 2016
Taiwan Govt agreed to fund installation of the first surveillance system on Somali coast.
Taiwan govt contracted US maritime security solutions provider Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) to help the European Union establish the first Somali coastal radar surveillance network.
The surveillance system is aimed at helping secure the Indian waters off the cast of troubled horn of Africa nation.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed to effect the installation of the radar. The MoU is signed between EU, OBP and the Taiwanese representative to the EU, Tung Kyo-yu.
Taiwan govt to fund the project; agreed to pay US $166,000 for the establishment of the Somali Maritime Communications Initiative (MCI).
The surveillance system once completed will operate from five maritime communications and safety centers in Somali cities that will be set up in the coastal cities of Berbera, Bosaso, Hobyo, Kismayo and the capital Mogadishu.
According to Tung the joint maritime security initiative will help ensure the safety of local shipping routes and promote better port management practices in Somalia.