ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire – Enhancing Africa’s response to transnational organized crime via criminal intelligence analysis is the focus of a meeting by senior police officials meeting under Project ENACT.
In an increasingly globalized world, Africa’s increasing stability and rising economic growth in recent decades has also conversely facilitated cross-border criminal activity across the continent. Over the last decade, there has been a marked increase in cross-border criminal activity in all parts of Africa.
To combat the rise of organized crime across the continent, adopting pro-active strategies to address cross-border crime, improve police investigations and exchange information are key issues for the 80 police officers from 27 countries from West, Central and North Africa at the two-day (20 and 21 June) meeting.
The conference was opened by the Inspector General of Police of Côte d’Ivoire, Youssouf Kouate, and Charles Girard, the Cooperation Attaché of Peace and Security Programmes of the EU Delegation to Côte d’Ivoire. Both Mr. Kouate and Mr. Girard stressed the importance of Project ENACT in helping countries in Africa fight transnational organized crime.
Topics have focused on the importance of criminal intelligence analysis when tackling organized crime in Africa which includes illicit arms flows, wildlife crime, cybercrime, terrorism, financial crime, human trafficking and drug trafficking.
Entitled Understanding and Countering Organized Crime in Africa with Criminal Intelligence Analysis, the meeting is also attended by experts and the European (EU) delegation to Côte d’Ivoire.
The ENACT project is the first of its kind to cover the entire African continent to analyze the scale of organized crime and its impact on security, governance and development. The analysis will serve as a basis for decision-makers and strengthened law enforcement cooperation at regional and continental levels.
INTERPOL’s role in the project is to assist police in Africa to adopt proactive strategies to combat organized crime threats, facilitate information exchange and improve their investigative skills, by:
- providing criminal analysis training and mentoring
- extending access to INTERPOL’s I-24/7 secure global police communications system in selected countries
- providing equipment to targeted countries to set up analytical units
- locating a criminal intelligence analyst at each of the four INTERPOL Regional Bureaus in Africa
- creating a secure analysis platform
- bringing together heads of analytical units across Africa.
Funded by the EU, ENACT is implemented by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and INTERPOL, in association with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.