ENACT Seminar– North Africa: Axis for global cigarette trafficking

On 23 November 2022, ENACT hosted a seminar focusing on the cigarette trade, its many illegal flows, and North Africa’s pivotal role in this market. This event profiled new research into this lucrative trade and the North African axis, with the region being a transit, destination and consumer hub for cigarette trafficking by local organised…

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1st SEACOP JMCU training held in Cote d’Ivoire

On Monday 21 November 2022, SEACOP held its first Joint Maritime Control Uunit (JMCU) ship control training course in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for 12 agents from Customs, national and maritime Police, the Navy, the Ministry of Water and Forestry, the National Gendarmerie and the Port Authority. Held at the National Customs School, this training is…

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SEACOP, Argentina Minister sign MoU on illicit maritime trade

On Monday 14 November, SEACOP and Argentina signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the fight against illicit maritime trafficking. Signed by Minister of Security, Anibal Fernandez, EU Ambassador to Argentina, Amador Sánchez Rico, and SEACOP Project Director Dominique Bucas, the MoU aims to strengthen the existing cooperation between the government of Argentina and the SEACOP…

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SEACOP signs MoU in Sierra Leone following JMCU training

On Friday, 11th November 2022, SEACOP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Sierra Leone, as represented by the National Security Coordinator, Mr. Abdulai Caulker. During a ceremony held at the Office of National Security (ONS), Chief of Staff of the ONS, Mr. Francis langumba Keili welcomed the attendees and reiterated Sierra…

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SEACOP, MCBS hold II Transregional Meeting of Maritime Intelligence Units

From 1 to 4 November 2022, the II Transregional Meeting of Maritime Intelligence Units between the Dominican Republic and Jamaica was held jointly by SEACOP V and the MCBS Project of FIIAPP. Both EU-funded projects started this initiative last June, with the aim of strengthening the exchange of information between the two main Caribbean islands.…

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Ecuador receives SEACOP training on maritime intelligence

Last week, SEACOP conducted a training on intelligence gathering in the maritime context for 15 high-level officials from Servicio Nacional de Aduana del Ecuador (SENAE), the National Navy and the National Police. Ecuador is one of the priority countries for SEACOP in Latin America, where numerous workshops, seminars and training have been held under the…

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ENACT Seminar – Is Africa using the UN’s convention against organised crime?

On 21 October 2022, ENACT organised a side event during the 11th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC). The UNTOC is the main international instrument in the fight against transnational crime. With the need to foster international cooperation identified as a requisite to effectively tackle…

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SEACOP vessel rummage training started in Cabo Verde

SEACOP on Monday 24 October 2022 launched a 5-day advanced training on vessel rummaging in Mindelo in Sao Vicente (Cabo Verde).  Attended by 10 officers from Customs, the judicial, tax and maritime police, as well as coast guards, the training is led by two French Customs experts. The course’s opening ceremony was chaired by Mr Elton Santos,…

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