Once established, the MCI will be used to monitor vessel movements and coordinate the security operations of the local coast guard and the European Union-led international navies involved in the counter-piracy operations on the Indian Ocean coast off Somalia.
"It also underscores the government's commitment to promoting Taiwan as a peacemaker and provider of humanitarian aid in the global community. The centers will collaborate with international naval forces and local authorities to increase the safety of seafarers operating in the region," he added.
"We are very happy to partner with Taiwan. This important project is intended to increase Somali ownership of its maritime domain and avoid dangerous misunderstandings between local traffic and international partners at sea," he said.
The Taiwanese donation will be used to acquire communications and security equipment together with sustainable power options to the five maritime security centers, which will coordinate regional maritime security operations.
The MCI initiative will be a major boost for the EU effort to train, equip and operationalize a Somali coast guard service, which will take over maritime security duties when the foreign naval forces deployed to fight pirates and kidnapping gangs in the Indian Ocean depart.
The donation followed the training of more than 100 Somali coast guard officers who completed a month-long navigation and basic maritime investigation course offered by the EU.