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Combating piracy and armed robbery in Asia: Boosting ReCAAPs role

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The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) called for the setting up of an Information Sharing Centre (ISC) in Singapore and the Agreement has come into force since 4 September 2006. The ReCAAP ISC is the first multilateral government-togovernment anti-piracy and armed robbery effort in the region. Being the first regional multilateral government-to-government effort, ReCAAP has many strengths. Firstly, the requirement for each contracting party to have a focal point means that contracting parties which may not have a habit of interagency coordination would now have to look at its organisation to deal with armed robbery and piracy. Another strength of ReCAAP is in its capacity-building programme. Thirdly, ReCAAP is an inclusive organisation. ReCAAP ISC operates on the principles of respect for the sovereignty of member countries, offering value through effectiveness, and transparency of operations. This facilitates cooperation between the contracting parties.

Keywords: information sharing centre (ISC); ReCAAP; Singapore



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