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23 July 2014

INTERPOL Chief visit to Sao Tome and Principe encourages increased use of global policing network

SAO TOME, Sao Tome and Principe – In his first official mission to Sao Tome and Principe, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met with Prime Minister Gabriel Arcanjo Ferreira da Costa to encourage greater use of the world police organization’s network and tools.

During his mission the INTERPOL Chief also met with senior government and law enforcement officials including the Minister for Justice, Edite Tenjua.

In addition to discussions focusing on ensuring a greater connectivity and engagement between law enforcement agencies across the region, identifying ways of reducing financial pressure on Sao Tome and Principe and other countries facing the same situation were also high on the agenda.

“Law enforcement across Africa faces many challenges, not least of which are financial pressures,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Governments have many competing demands on limited resources, however there can be no higher priority than the safety of their society, which is why INTERPOL is identifying ways to better support countries in ensuring the security of their citizens and visitors,” said Secretary General Noble.

“Whether through training or the provision of technical equipment, INTERPOL is ready to continue its support of Sao Tome and Principe in their ongoing efforts to turn back crime,” concluded the INTERPOL Chief.

To identify first-hand the policing resources and needs of Sao Tome and Principe, Secretary General Noble visited the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), where he met with Head of NCB Vera Maria Assuncao Gomes, Director de Criminal Investigation Police and her staff.

The NCB acts as the single point of contact the Sao Tome and Principe police and INTERPOL’s other 189 member countries.