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Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana sign maps to define maritime boundary

(30 September 2019)

Following the ITLOS ruling in October 2017, which settled the maritime boundary dispute between Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana, the two countries have officially signed maps showing the maritime boundary between the two neighbours.

In addition to affirming the maritime boundary, the two countries have agreed to cooperate on the exploration and exploitation of trans-boundary offshore hydrocarbons. The agreement also called for the two countries to carry out a feasibility study on the construction of a thermal power plant on their shared border. This would be supplied with gas from both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.

According to the statement by the Ghanaian government, “the parties believe that such cooperation was laudable and in line with the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) for cooperation signed between the two heads of states of both countries on October 17, 2017.”

“Ghana has since deposited her maps and charts with the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the United Nations (UN) after parties had jointly plotted the seven coordinates and azimuth in accordance with the ITLOS ruling on August, 10, 2018,” .

A Côte d’Ivoire representative commented that while ITLOS had drawn the dots on the map to mark the border back in 2017 it was the two countries working together to join the dots that brought this discussion to a close.


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