INTERPOL’s 21st African Regional Conference which opened yesterday will review security priorities for Africa and seek to boost the region’s operations against transnational crime through greater law enforcement cooperation between countries in the region and beyond.
With human and drug trafficking, maritime piracy, terrorism, counterfeit medicines and wildlife crime topping the agenda, the three-day meeting (February 16-18) will gather more than 150 senior law enforcement officials from some 40 countries and seven international organizations and focus on strengthening the ability of police to undertake cross-border operations by enhancing resources and expanding access to INTERPOL’s global tools and services.
As part of the conference, INTERPOL is calling for Africa and other regions to adopt a strong and united front against international crime in a globalized world.
With INTERPOL’s four Regional Bureaus in Africa – in Abidjan, Harare, Nairobi and Yaoundé – facilitating police cooperation and working with key bodies such as the Regional Police Chiefs Committees, the Commonwealth and the African Union, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble underlined the importance of ‘empowering’ law enforcement through capacity building ‘to develop the police of tomorrow’.
To view INTERPOL’s press release in its entirety, please click here.
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