Work of 2nd session of Afripol’s General Assembly kicks off in Algiers

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The work of the second session of Afripol’s General Assembly kicked off, on Monday in Algiers.

 

This meeting is co-organized by the African Union of Police Cooperation (Afripol) and the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).

In his opening speech, Ismail Chergui, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, highlighted the need to further boost fruitful cooperation between the African countries to nip all forms of crimes from the bud.

In this aspect, the official referred to the different crimes committed in the African territory, including transnational organized crime and emerging crime, urging the members to coordinate with one another so as to introduce a roadmap to combat those scourges that are threatening the life of people and properties.

Besides, the Commissioner noted that the spread of those crimes will have definite negative impact on the African countries, especilally in the sphere of tourism which represents a real component for boosting economy in the continent.

“This second session of the Afripol’s General  Assembly is an opportunity to the national Police agencies of the AU Member States to exchange views and share experiences and challenges in preventing and combating transnational organized crime and terrorism, which constitute a global threat,” highlighted the official, adding that the participants will provide a picture of the security threat posed by these crimes in their countries.

“This session will adopt a set of recommendations on what should be done at national, regional and continental levels to strengthen cooperation in preventing and combating transnational organized crime, cybercrime and terrorism so as to allow African people to benefit from the continent’s ressources,” said Ismail Chergui.

At the end, the official thanked the participants for attending the work of this session, co-organized by AFRIPOL and the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) , calling for enhanced commitment by the Police agencies of the Member States in the implementation of the plans and recommendations to be adopted.

In addition to the African Police Chiefs, this meeting is bringing under one roof regional and international police cooperation organizations, such as; the Peace and Security Commission of the African Union (AU) and African Center for Studies and Research on Terrorism (CAERT).

This event is enhanced by the presence of the high authorities of the Algerian government, the Secretary General of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the Secretary General of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers.


The General Assembly “will allow an exchange of views and experiences on the fight against various forms of transnational organized crime, including terrorism and violent extremism and emerging crime, and will agree on strategic priorities”.

It will also adopt “concrete” recommendations on “effective” cooperation in preventing and combating these crimes.

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