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25 March 2016

Namibian President discusses global security issues with INTERPOL Secretary General

WINDHOEK, Namibia – Building capacity to better prepare law enforcement to address cybercrime and other threats was the focus of a meeting between Namibian President Hage Geingob and INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock.

During his first mission to Namibia, Mr Stock’s talks with President Geingob and Vice President Nickey Iyambo covered a range of global security issues and the impact of crime on Namibia’s citizens and businesses.

With Namibia having played an important role in a number of regional operations coordinated by INTERPOL targeting a range of crimes including drug and human trafficking, stolen motor vehicles and environmental crime, the INTERPOL Chief also met with the Minister of Safety and Security, Charles Namholo and the Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shiveta.

To further enhance collaboration in targeting wildlife-related crime, the Secretary General and Minister Shiveta discussed a joint initiative to target poaching and the criminal networks behind this illicit activity.

Accompanied by the Inspector General of Namibian Police, Sebastian Ndeitunga, who is Vice President for Africa on INTERPOL’s Executive Committee, Secretary General Stock addressed the men and women network and neighbourhood watch on crime prevention and was updated on local initiatives to enhance public safety.

“My meetings with President Geingob and other senior government and law enforcement officials, as well as the men and women on the frontline have provided me with valuable insight into the everyday crime threats facing Namibia,” said Secretary General Stock.

During his three-day (20 – 22 March) mission, in addition to meeting Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila Mr Stock also addressed the Namibian International Chamber of Commerce where he underlined the importance of the role the private sector can play in securing communities both local and global.