Kampala, 3 October 2014: The Republic of Uganda hosted the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on the establishment of the African Union Police Cooperation Mechanism – AFRIPOL, on 2 October 2014 in Kampala, as part of the efforts to operationalize AFRIPOL. The meeting was also held on the eve of the Centenary celebrations for the Uganda Police force. 

The opening session featured statements by Honorable Ambassador James Baba, Minister of State for Internal Affairs,Government of Uganda, General Kale Kayihura, Inspector General of Police, Uganda, and Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, Mr. Faycal Hassani, representing the Director General for National Safety and Security of the Algerian Police, and Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, and Dr. Tarek Sharif, Head Defence and Security Divisionin the Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission. 

The statements emphasized the importance of cooperation between the Police and Law Enforcement agencies on the continent as organized crime syndicates increasingly becoming complex and changing strategies and methods. Progress made towards the establishment of AFRIPOL was also appreciated.

The Committee had in-depth discussions and received inputs on the drafts for the Work Plan, Program of Work and proposed Structure for AFRIPOL. It was agreed that the documents reflected the priority areas of focus for AFRIPOL and that the next steps should be towards opening of the headquarters in Algeria.

The meeting was closed by the General Aronda Nyakairima, Minister for Internal Affairs of Uganda. In his statement he lauded the continental consensus on establishing a cooperation mechanism for the police and law enforcement agencies at continental level. He reminded the Committee of the political support, demonstrated by the Executive Council endorsement of the idea at the its 25th ordinary session held in Malabo in June, and called upon the Committee to expedite the operationalization of the mechanism.  

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