Washington, D.C. (Vocus) April 7, 2009
The U.S. African Chamber of Commerce (USACC) seeks support from the international community to put a stop to the ongoing illegal entrance within East African waters by foreign tankers. While the media heavily covers news stories on Somali pirate ships, illegal trespassing within Somali and East African waters by tankers from the world's richest countries never receives media commentary. On a regular basis foreign tankers illegally enter Somali and other East African waters to dump chemical waste and conduct illegal fishing; taking advantage of the lack of a unified government in Somalia and robbing resources from defenseless nations. So who are the real pirates?
U.S. African Chamber of Commerce is seeking immediate attention to this issue, requesting that NATO, the European Union and the IGAD-AU begin immediate investigation and the enforcement of commerce regulations that respect the sovereign nations of East Africa. All tankers entering Somali and East African waters must be held accountable for truthful registration, declaration of exports, and payment of applicable taxes. Illegal entrance and activities must be curtailed and perpetrators assessed heavy fines.
The USACC is the Leading Advocacy Organization for U.S. African Relations and promotes Emerging Markets. The USACC is the umbrella organization for African Chambers of Commerce and Professional Trade and Business Associations throughout the United States and abroad.
U.S. AFRICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Martin Mohammed, President
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