The Republic of Chad adopts a decree on the Platform for Cooperation on Security Matters

N'DJAMENA Chad has formally institutionalized its national platform for coordination and exchange of security information aimed at strengthening capacities to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the Sahel countries.

It is the first G5 Sahel country to adopt the text proposed by UNODC to establish the national legal existence of the Platform for Security Cooperation (PCMS).

The PCMS is now legally recognized as a mechanism for regional police cooperation and is enshrined as a multi-agency entity encompassing all security corps, including the police, national gendarmerie, customs services, national guard and prison administration.

"The national, legal recognition of the PCMS will enable it to reach cruising speed by reacting more efficiently and rapidly in the collection, analysis and transmission of security information to better fight terrorism and organised crime in the Sahel," said the National Coordinator of the PCMS-G5 Sahel, Chadian Police Commissioner Morsia Dafalam.

   

From left to right: Commissioner Adamou Moussa Nouhou - PCMS Niger Coordinator, Divisional Commissioner Morsia Dafalam - PCMS Chad Coordinator, Antoine Ngarambe from Interpol, Mostapha Mouzouni - UNODC Law Enforcement Expert

As one of the main partners of the G5 Sahel, UNODC has provided significant normative and equipment assistance in the establishment of the Chadian PCMS.

 

Marie Gibrat - UNODC G5 Specialist, with Divisional Commissioner Morsia Dafalam - PCMS Chad Coordinator

  

"We would therefore like to express our deepest gratitude to UNODC for its advice and multifaceted support for the development of our Chad PCMS. In addition, we invite the other member countries of the G5 Sahel to follow Chad's example. Long live Chad, long live UNODC, long live the G5 Sahel," added Police Commissioner Dafalam.

The decree, signed on 5 May 2020, establishes the organization and functioning of the Chadian national security platform. It covers all aspects of international police co-operation, including the exchange of information with the regional platform and the national platforms of other states, the facilitation of joint operations, and the ability to access and use INTERPOL's international criminal databases in support of operational services.

"This act is a concrete expression of all the efforts that the regional PCMS, with the support of its technical and financial partners, is making," said Abdoulaye Kaka, Regional Co-ordinator of the G5 Sahel Security Co-operation Platform.

"This first step, I hope, will encourage other countries to accelerate the process of adoption of texts internalizing the PCMS in the legal and administrative system of their country. This is a major step forward in the organisation of the fight against terrorism and transnational organised crime," he added.

Advocacy for the adoption of this text was organized with the financial and technical support of UNODC. This advocacy resulted in a favourable recommendation adopted by the ministers in charge of security of the G5 States at their meeting held on 14 September 2019 in Ouagadougou.

UNODC has been supporting the G5 Sahel PCMS since its establishment in 2015, in coordination with other technical and financial partners such as INTERPOL and Civipol and thanks to the generous contributions of the donors to the Sahel Programme.