The ACSRT was established in 2004 pursuant to the decision of the AU High-Level Inter-Governmental Meeting on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism in Africa, held in Algiers in September 2002. 

The ACSRT provides a forum for interaction and cooperation among Member States and Regional Mechanisms. The Centre is considered part of the Peace and Security Department of the AU Commission and plays an important role in guiding the AU’s CT efforts and implementing the AU counterterrorism framework. It works in collaboration with a number of regional and international partners to ensure coherent and coordinated CT efforts in the continent.

 

Functions and activities of the ACSRT include:

 

-          Provide guidance to the relevant organs of the AU on issues relating to the prevention and combating of terrorism on the continent;

-          Promote and sensitize member states on the implementation of the global and continental counter terrorism framework;

-          Strengthen the capacity of member states, through the provision of operational and technical advice and support, as well as the delivery of trainings and other forms of capacity building, to address issues relating to terrorism and implement their obligations under the global and continental regime;

-          Promote and strengthen inter-state collaboration and cooperation on issues relating to mutual legal assistance and cross-border counterterrorism operations;

-          Mobilize international support for CT action on the continent and strengthen relations between the AU and its member states and the relevant international bodies;

-          Conduct research and studies to help assess the threat of terrorism in the different countries and regions of the continent and develop strategies and recommendation to address such threats;

-          Produce regular information on the terrorist threats in Africa and raise awareness on relevant issues;

-          develop capacity for early warning to enhance early response, integrating the concept of Preventive Management of Crisis;

 

The ACSRT interacts with Member States through the national Focal Points (FP). The FP is a governmental body that coordinates the activities of all actors involved in the prevention and combating of terrorism at the national level. Functions and interactions between the ACSRT and the FP are established in accordance with the Code of Conduct adopted during the Second Annual Meeting of FP, held in Algiers from 18 to 20 May 2006. 

The ACRST also collaborates closely with a number of regional and international partners. These include the European Union (EU); the UN Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) and its Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED); the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF); the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); the relevant committees established pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions; the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF).