Police cooperation focus of visit by Gabon Minister of Interior to INTERPOL
LYON, France – Gabon’s Minister of Interior, Public Security and Immigration, Guy Bertrand Mapangou, was updated on how INTERPOL’s global tools and services can further enhance national and regional security during a visit to the world police body’s General Secretariat headquarters.
With terrorism, border security and transnational organized crime high on the agenda in meetings between Minister Mapangou, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock and other senior officials, the minister and his delegation were given an overview on INTERPOL’s current activities to support its 190 member countries combat crime.
In this respect, the importance of further connecting Gabon’s law enforcement and airport authorities to INTERPOL’s global databases via its I-24/7 secure police communications network also topped the agenda.
“With 800 km of coastline and land borders with three countries, Gabon is confronted daily with the challenges of maritime piracy and illegal immigration,” said Minister Mapangou.
“Today’s meeting with INTERPOL’s Secretary General and specialized police staff has been very constructive in identifying ways of combating these threats through the enhanced use of INTERPOL policing tools, with the ultimate aim of protecting the people of Gabon and its surrounding region,” concluded the Minister.
With Gabon due to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the role of INTERPOL Major Event Support Teams (IMESTs) deployed to assist member countries prepare, coordinate and implement security arrangements for major events was also discussed.
Condemning a series of deadly terrorist attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia and Somalia on Friday, Secretary General Stock said: “INTERPOL stands ready to further support countries in Africa and beyond build local and national capacities against security threats and connect these to a larger global response, so that national police forces can benefit from support from around the world via INTERPOL’s global network.”
The minister’s delegation, which also included Jean Clotaire Thierry Oye Zué, Commander-in-Chief of Gabon’s National Police forces, and Christian Yves Kassat, Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Libreville, also visited INTERPOL’s Command and Coordination Centre.