Transregional cooperation is a key principal of SEACOP V’s action. Operating across three world regions (Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean) faced with similar difficulties, we strive to enhance partnerships, information sharing and opportunities for joint maritime operations between different countries.
Last week, the project organised a visit of the intelligence centre of the Armada Nacional de Colombia for partners from Cabo Verde, Ghana, and Senegal.
This seeks to improve these countries’ respective fight against illicit maritime trafficking by adapting to the constantly evolving methods of organised crime groups.
This came as part of a regional meeting organised in Cartagena by the SEACOP Regional Coordinator, which witnessed the participation of partners from Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, Senegal, Ghana and Cape Verde.
Over three days, participants witnessed general presentations by country, an introduction to SEACOP’s objectives in the Latin American region, as well as expected results for the following months.
Attendees also held bilateral meetings to discuss further cooperation in the fight against illicit maritime trafficking between parties.
Representatives from the EU Delegation, the French and Spanish Embassies and other EU-funded projects such as CRIMJUST or MAOC-N participated in the three-day event, which was described as “an encouraging success” for trans-regional cooperation against illicit drug trafficking and organised crime.