AFRICA: Benin Republic Hosts African Regional INTERPOL Conference

AFRICA: Benin Republic Hosts African Regional INTERPOL Conference

By Augustine Ehikioya


To cooperate against crimes in Africa, the Benin Republic is hosting the 25th African Regional Conference of the INTERPOL.

(The INTERPOL President, General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi addressing the delegates)
(Secretary General, INTERPOL, Jurgen Stock)
(Vice President of INTERPOL for Africa & Head, INTERPOL NCB Abuja, AIG Garba Baba Umar delivering his address)

The meeting which is holding in Cotonou runs from Tuesday 28th of June to 30th June 2022.

Top issues to be discussed at the conference include Terrorism and Organized Crime.

A statement by the INTERPOL and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA) reads “The African Regional Conference of the INTERPOL, which brings together Heads of Police and Police Cooperation Bodies in the Region, comprising 54 African Member Countries, is billed to hold in Cotonou, Benin Republic, from today, Tuesday 28th to 30th June 2022.

(Cross Section of participants at the meeting)

“The INTERPOL General Secretariat, in cooperation with the Beninese authority, is the host, and the event will be held at the “Palais des Congress’’ Convention Centre.

“The Conference is one of INTERPOL’s most important regional events and it provides senior officials from INTERPOL member countries with a unique opportunity to meet, share intelligence and make decision for the advancement of law enforcement action and use of modern technologies in fighting organized transnational crimes in the African region.

“Policing and strategy issues related to regional Police cooperation in Africa and combating crimes will also be discussed.”

This year’s programme, according to the statement, intends to :

“Focus on the regional challenges in the fight against crimes in Africa, with emphasis on organized and emerging crime, Terrorism and Cybercrime.

“Increase coordination among member countries, INTERPOL and other partners in enhancing Policing capabilities.

“Discuss INTERPOL’s contribution to the implementation of the African Union Agenda 2063 and the support provided to AFRIPOL.”

Those attending the conference are Benin Republic President, Patrice Talon, INTERPOL President Mr. Al-Raisi, Secretary General, Jurgen Stock, Vice President of INTERPOL For Africa and the Chairperson of the Conference, Mr Garba Baba Umar.

Also expected are the 27 African Inspectors General of Police with more than 120 Senior Police officials across the 54 African INTERPOL member countries.

They are to rub minds in recognition of the importance of cooperation and information sharing between law enforcement at the regional and global levels.

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