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US Ambassador to Seychelles signs Partnership Agreement

The partnership agreement between the RAPPICC and the United States of America was signed on 2nd May 2013 by representatives of the Seychelles, the United Kingdom and United States of America where they vowed to support and further contribute to the centre’s work. The agreement was signed by Minister Joël Morgan, the British High Commissioner Lindsay Skoll and US ambassador Shari Villarosa. Vice-President Faure and Minister Adam also attended. Speaking after the ceremony. Minister Morgan said:


“This agreement focuses more on the criminality aspect of fighting piracy, as opposed to maritime security. Our partners will help us with the exchange of information as well as other elements in the fight against piracy. The RAPPICC is a place where other countries in the region and beyond can work together against international crimes, such as arms dealing, drug trafficking, terrorism, money laundering, and others that have the potential to destabilise countries,” he said.

 

Ms Villarosa said her country will benefit from information-sharing, adding that Seychelles has done a magnificent job of prosecuting pirates. “I am hopeful that Seychelles will be able to bring to justice those responsible for the acts of piracy,” she said.


Mrs Skoll said the creation of RAPPICC was very essential, since a safe and secure Indian Ocean region is essential to the whole world’s economic prosperity and stability. “It is in everyone’s interest – no matter where – to see a scourge such as piracy properly dealt with once and for all, and that means a collaborative approach, and we are aiming to bring UK expertise to the centre and build capacity in the region so that the region is able to respond to the Indian Ocean problem in its own ways,” she said.



Who does RAPPICC work with in the US?


The RAPPICC has already established strong working relationships with the FBI and the Naval Criminal Intelligence Service. The RAPPICC works closely with prosecutors based in the US on current investigation activity.

The RAPPICC also enjoys a very strong and productive relationship with both the State Department and Department of Defense.