The Republic of Guinea reiterates commitment to fight against drug trafficking

Transnational organized crime and drug trafficking represent serious threats to the security and stability of West Africa. This region is increasingly exploited by organized crime syndicates as a hub for various kinds of trafficking, and simultaneously faces the challenges of corruption and weak state structures.

Guinea-Conakry is one of the countries located on the drug trafficking route between Latin America and Europe. The political stabilization of the country since 2010 has enabled the government to strengthen its efforts in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking. Indeed, the opening of a National Police Academy, the suspension of judges due to corruption charges, and finally the arrest of child traffickers on the border with Senegal (Kundura) show that Guinea considers the fight against transnational organized crime as a priority.

To reiterate the support of UNODC in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime, the UNODC Regional Representative, Mr. Pierre Lapaque, undertook a mission in the country from 7 to 11 February 2016. "I came to reassert that my office and the Executive Director of the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime are determined to work with the Guinean State to fight against organized crime, corruption and the laundering of criminal assets to move forward together in the same direction" he stated after his meeting with President Alpha Condé February 10, 2016 at the Palais Sékhoutouréya.

The UNODC Regional Representative and the President of the Republic of Guinea (credits: Guinee24)

The Representative also met with other high-level officials, including the Prime Minister, H.E. Mamady Youla, the adviser of the President, Mr. Mohamed Lamine Fofana, the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Public Safety and Civil Protection, the Minister of Defense, and representatives from the National anti-Corruption Agency (ANLC) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU). The President and the Ministers confirmed their willingness to cooperate with UNODC, and agreed to support the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI) and work closely with UNODC.

The representatives of the international community, including the Embassies of the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom, France and the Delegation of the European Union expressed concerns about trafficking and corruption in the country during interviews with the representative. They confirmed their involvement in the fight against such trafficking and determination to help the Guinean government in its efforts. In this respect, the various embassies reasserted their support to identify and mobilize resources for UNODC programmes.

This mission was carried out under the framework of the West Africa Coast Initiative (WACI), which aims to counter transnational organized crime in the region through enhanced capacities and increased cooperation, notably through the creation of Transnational Crime Units (TCUs). To implement this joint programme, UNODC is working in partnership with UNOWA/DPA, DPKO and INTERPOL, building synergies that allow for the combination of partnering organizations' mandates and the creation of multi-disciplinary responses.

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