ECOWAS launches police data process in Abidjan

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26.06.2018 at 22h21
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Ivorian Vice President, Daniel Kablan Duncan on Tuesday officially introduced in Abidjan, the 3rd period of the West Africa Law enforcement Data Process (WAPIS-SIPAO).It is a plan of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which is a regional platform for sharing police details inside the area.

“This plan is of paramount significance in the sharing of security details,” Duncan reported in a speech, adding: “Our countries have a common destiny and we are certain by the similar security pact. So the solutions ought to be concerted.”

The Ivorian VP went on to say that the West African sub-area “is not spared” by terrorist networks.

This is why the WAPIS/SIPAO Plan is, in accordance to him, an instrument to strengthen security and velocity up the security integration in the sub-area.

“Cote d’Ivoire will entirely participate in its section for the results of this plan,” Duncan vowed.

Just before him, the Ivorian Inside and Protection Minister, Sidiki Diakite recalled that the WAPIS/SIPAO Plan, which is in its operational period, was created “out of the want to have a computerized process of prison databases connected to the regional strategy.”

In accordance to Mr. Diakite, “only genuine sub-regional, regional and international cooperation will effectively overcome terrorism and transnational structured criminal offense.”

He echoed the situation of the Ivorian VP, insisting that the plan seems as “a essential solution” to beefing up security in the area.

The ECOWAS Commission’s representative, Normal Francis Behanzin identified as on security ministers in the sub-area to go into a synergy of actions.

“If you approve this report on the WAPIS platform, ECOWAS will have to adopt a authorized act developing and operating the regional police details-sharing system,” he reported.

“Criminals (terrorists) do not regard borders. So we, much too, have to cooperate,” the Secretary Normal of the Worldwide Prison Law enforcement Firm (Interpol), Jürgen Inventory reported, assuring his institution’s willingness to be section of the fight in opposition to criminal offense.

The meeting of Law enforcement Chiefs from ECOWAS member states, which took location in the Ivorian economic funds on Monday, preceded the meeting of Inside and Protection ministers from the area.

To begin with introduced in four West African countries (Benin, Ghana, Mali and Niger), the place the pilot period has been executed, the WAPIS/SIPAO Plan has been extended to all 15 ECOWAS nations.

This plan is funded by the European Union to the tune of €28 million, or about CFA18 billion.

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