Thr RMIFC was established by the Maritime Security Program in the Southern Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean (SEA-IO), funded by the European Union and piloted by Indian Ocean Commission in its results 4 and 5, with the aim of promoting a regional informations exchange mechanism between coastal states bordering the SEA-OI region. As a result, and on the basis of Djibouti Declaration on maritime security in the SEA-OI region, signed by the ministers and haigh representatives of the SEA-OI on 15 may 2016, it is expected that the RMIFC have 12 members states namely: Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius, Kenya, Reunion / France and Seychelles.
It should be noticed that at the end of the meeting of the MASE Program focal points, whose projetc RMIFC was born, held on january 11th and 12th 2018, it was agreed that there can also be admitted:
- the States outside the ESA IO region concerned with the exchange and sharing of maritime information, and/or having maritime interest in the region
- the actors of the maritime industry
- the regional and international organization working in the maritime area