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African Union

INTERPOL and the African Union work together on matters of joint interest, sharing their resources and expertise and developing combined responses to Africa’s law enforcement challenges.

The two organizations work together to strengthen African police cooperation and tackle the threat organized crime poses to the security, stability and economic development of the 54 countries which make up Africa.

Special Representative of INTERPOL to the African Union

INTERPOL opened the Office of the Special Representative of INTERPOL to the African Union (SRIAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2016.

The role of the SRIAU is to raise awareness of INTERPOL’s policing capabilities, identify areas of common interest and explore cooperation opportunities in line with strategic priorities.

SRIAU works to ensure that the concerns of global law enforcement are adequately represented in African initiatives, declarations, resolutions, reports and policy decisions.

The aims of the office are to:

  • liaise between INTERPOL’s General Secretariat and the African Union Commission (AUC);
  • increase INTERPOL’s visibility to the African Union  institutions, agencies, and governing bodies involved in activities related to law enforcement;
  • promote INTERPOL’s policing capabilities to the AUC and its partners;
  • promote law enforcement collaboration with the African Union  and its partners to develop creative synergies and avoid duplication;
  • act as a partner in African Union fora and other stakeholder initiatives regarding the law enforcement arena on the African continent.