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05 February 2013

Africa’s central role in global law enforcement cooperation focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit

NAIROBI, Kenya - INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble is undertaking a regional visit of Central and Eastern Africa (4-9 February) as part of the world police body’s efforts to boost regional and international police cooperation.

 With Mr Noble’s visit first taking him to Kenya to meet with its new Inspector General of Police, David Kimaiyo, the INTERPOL Chief underlined the crucial role of African countries in collaborating nationally, regionally and beyond the continent on issues such as terrorism, maritime piracy, trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting, as well as drug and human trafficking.

 Also taking in Djibouti, South Sudan, Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Noble’s regional tour of Africa will see him visit his 160th INTERPOL member country since he was first elected Secretary General in 2000, marking his commitment to learn first-hand the needs of member countries and to identify ways that INTERPOL can help them keep their citizens safe and fight crime internationally.

 On the first leg of his visit to Africa, Mr Noble underlined the strategic importance of Kenya, which hosts in Nairobi INTERPOL’s Regional Bureau for East Africa and plays a pivotal role in cross-border security efforts on the continent and beyond.

 During his mission Mr Noble will also highlight the role of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) due to open in Singapore in 2014, which will emphasize innovation in the areas of capacity building and cybercrime.
 
 Internet usage is growing at a rapid pace in Africa. The IGCI will allow African member countries and private sector entities to benefit from cutting-edge research on cyber issues as well as much-needed capacity building.
 
 Mr Noble will also encourage adoption of INTERPOL’s Travel Document which to date has been recognized by 56 countries. It is intended to enable INTERPOL officials and police to travel internationally on official INTERPOL business without requiring a visa when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.