Algeria and Mali have inked, on Sunday in Algiers, a cooperation agreement in the legal and judicial field. The agreement was signed by Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh and his Malian counterpart, Mamadou Ismaila Konate, APS reported.
At the conclusion of the signing ceremony, Mr Louh said that this protocol constituted “a new phase aiming at the exchange of experience and the strengthening of cooperation between Algeria and Mali in the legal and judicial field.
The minister announced that Algerian experts should visit Bamako in order to support their Malian counterparts in the process of modernizing the justice sector through the introduction of information and communication technologies ( ICT), including the issuance of the criminal record.
In this aspect, Mr Louh emphasized the urgent need to update the convention signed between Algeria and Mali in 1983 to the new developments witnessed in the legal and judicial field.
The official also called for the strengthening of bilateral cooperation given that the current situation requires “a combination of efforts to tackle the security challenges, fight terrorism, drain its funding particularly in the Sahel region, as well as combat crime in all its forms “.
The Garde des Sceaux reviewed the efforts exerted in the fight against organized crime and terrorism, recalling, in this context, the main elements of Algeria’s comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism.
On the other hand, the Malian minister expressed his country’s readiness to expand the areas of bilateral cooperation, including the judiciary sector, and Mali’s willingness to benefit from Algeria’s experience in the fight against terrorism.
After welcoming Algeria’s “successful” experience in modernizing the justice sector, Mamadou stressed “the positive impact of this modernization on the management of the different sectors in Mali, notably on the financial side”.
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