ReCAAP is the first agreement between the regional government that encourages and strengthens cooperation in piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The Regional Cooperation Agreement for Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) is the first agreement between the government and the government that encourages and strengthens cooperation in the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The agreement entered into force on September 4, 2006. To date, 20 countries (14 Asian countries, 4 European countries, Australia, United States) have become contracting parties to ReCAAP. The Regional Cooperation Agreement for Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia, abbreviated ReCAAP or RECAAP, is a multilateral agreement between 16 Asian countries in November 2004 that includes the RECAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), an initiative to facilitate the dissemination of piracy-related information.  In order to strengthen their information exchange network, ReCAAP ISC conducts capacity-building activities at the parties` focal points by training their communication capabilities, exchanging best practices, updating the situation of piracy and armed robbery. It also facilitates the promotion of cooperation with other government agencies and the shipping industry. The 20 parties to reCAAP: (situation in April 2017) The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC) was established as part of the agreement and was officially launched in Singapore on 29 November 2006. Masafumi Kuroki is the current Executive Director.  ReCAAP ISC encourages cooperation with other regional and international organizations (government and maritime organizations) to exchange information and best practices and improve its network to jointly combat piracy and armed robbery. It has signed cooperation documents with like-minded organizations such as IMO, INTERPOL, BIMCO, INTERTANKO, ASA, IFC and DCOC. ISC ReCAAP provides accurate and timely information on cases of piracy and sea-flying. ISC ReCAAP operates a 24-hour information exchange network with the contact points of the contracting parties.
Through this exchange of information, ReCAAP ISC can issue alerts and alerts to the marine industry and facilitate the response of coastal state enforcement agencies.