IGAD to build human capacity in combating terrorism

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Addis Ababa, 22 March 2014 (WIC) - IGAD Security Sector Progarmme (ISSP) says that it would beef up its efforts in countering terrorism through human capacity building.
Opening a day-long national workshop for law makers in Ethiopia with the theme: “Promoting International Instruments to Counter Terrorism” here yesterday, ISSP Head Commander Abebe Muluneh noted that on top of human capacity building it would carry out activities to ensure maritime security and also prevent transnational organized crime.
Concerning the persistent crisis and conflicts in the IGAD region, he cited Al-Shabaab and its link with Al-Qaeda cell in East Africa, the current crisis in the Republic of South Sudan, acute poverty and unemployment, tense relation between some member states of IGAD, among others.
According to Commander Abebe, IGAD designed regional peace and security strategy in July 2012 to change the points of vulnerabilities into areas of cooperation for peace, stability and sustainable development.
Regarding ISSP plans for 2014, he said that four national workshops would be held in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan to promote international and regional legal instruments.
A high-level regional ministerial workshop aimed at promoting IGAD conventions on Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition and the like would take place.
In 2013 the program has organized eight national and six regional workshops, conducted 17 studies and seven regional training. It has also offered training for 231 law enforcement officials drawn from member states. ISSP was established four and half years back. (EH)