Permanent Secretary of the Interministerial Commission for State Action in the Sea and Continental Waters (SEPCIM-AEMEC), Eric Olivier-Sébastien Debas-Franck, indicated on November 22 in Brazzaville that the state authorities plan to take government action in the sea and inland waters on a solid legal basis in order to achieve Universal jurisdiction in a few years.
“As a supervisory and coordinating body responsible for ensuring regulatory oversight and ensuring consistency of legal texts in the riverine seas and lakes sector, SEPCIM-AEMEC will play its full part in the search for global expertise,” said Eric. Olivier-Sébastien Debas-Franca at the inauguration of the training workshop on crime as part of the Program to Support the Maritime Security and Safety Strategy in Central Africa (PASSMAR).
He noted that, under the law, universal jurisdiction is the jurisdiction exercised by the state that prosecutes perpetrators of certain crimes, regardless of where the crime was committed, and regardless of the nationality of the perpetrators or victims.
This need is one of the evaluating goals of the Interministerial Committee for Government Action at Sea and in Continental Waters, mentioned on October 16 in Brazzaville, during the working session between the United Nations Against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Congo to find solutions. To the legal problems, Eric Olivier Sebastien Debas Franck recalls.
According to him, the CEMAC Community Code for the Merchant Marine deserves a real redesign, in particular, with regard to some provisions relating to the disciplinary and punitive regime of the merchant marine, ten years after it was revised in Brazzaville, on July 22, 2012 .
In fact, the joint action plan among all ministerial departments represented in the Joint Ministerial Committee for State Work in the Sea and Inland Waters includes a certain number of activities, each of which is as important as the other.
The creation by the Head of State of the Ministry for the Economy of Rivers and Navigable Waterways within the Government remains a strong call for the Permanent Secretariat to carry out the work of the aforementioned structure in such a dynamic and balanced way that it says it carries out “more marine water work”, concluded Eric Olivier Sebastien Debas Franck.