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17 October 2011

Ghanaian Minister visit to INTERPOL focuses on ways to enhance cooperation

LYON, France – With Ghana selected as a pilot country for a number of projects to combat transnational organized crime in West Africa and beyond, identifying additional ways where national law enforcement can work more closely with INTERPOL was the focus of a visit by Ghana’s Minister of Interior to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.

Minister Benjamin Kunbour met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble to discuss a range of initiatives where Ghana will participate, including the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Firearms System (SLARM) and the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) a joint INTERPOL/ECOWAS/European Union project which aims to facilitate the collection, management, sharing and analysis of police information on a national, regional and global level to more effectively combat drug trafficking, illegal immigration, money laundering and weapons trafficking.

Also on the agenda was the possibility of Ghana hosting a Maritime Piracy Centre and ways in which INTERPOL could support its development. INTERPOL’s long standing commitment to tackling maritime piracy saw the launch this year of a project by the world police body to provide essential equipment and training to law enforcement across East African countries with EUR 1.6 million funding from the EU.

Accompanied by Director General of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Ghana Police Service, Prosper Kwame Agblor, Minister Kunbour was also updated on the success of Operation Bia II, conducted in Ghana earlier this year which resulted in the rescue of 116 children who had been trafficked to work in the fishing industry and nearly 30 arrests and convictions.