UNODC Supports the Ivorian Transnational Crime Unit with Technical Equipment to Enhance the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime

Abidjan, 18 March 2022

To facilitate the fight against transnational organized crime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime under the auspices of the Organized Crime: West African Response to Trafficking project (OCWAR-T) has provided support to the Ivorian Transnational Crime Unit (TCU) with technical equipment to the sum of over 8,000,000XOF including laptops and printers.

Speaking during the handover event, the Director of the Ivorian TCU, Commissaire Divisionnaire Major ADOMO Guy Bonaventure thanked UNODC, the OCWAR-T programme and the donors for their support to the TCU to enhance their capacity in combatting transnational organized crime and for the continued partnership with the TCU.

According to the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for West and Central Africa, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés: “The West African Region has seen an increase in cases of Transnational Organized Crime, with the countries in the region being the origin, transit and destination of all forms of trafficking. In this context, capacity building of security agencies, collaborative investigations with other law enforcement agencies within Africa and with third countries and provision of modern equipment to law enforcement agencies are crucial in effectively preventing and combating transnational organized crimes.”

UNODC handover of equipment to the Ivorian TCU

Under the OCWAR-T project, UNODC is supporting regional and national capacities to launch and strengthen sustained investigations into and prosecute organized crime and illicit trafficking in four pilot countries Benin, Côte D’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau and The Gambia.

UNODC continues to provide the Ivorian TCU personnel with capacity building trainings and mentoring while providing platforms for peer-to-peer exchanges and joint operations to enhance international collaboration in the West African region.

The OCWAR-T project is an ECOWAS support project, commissioned by the German Government and co-funded by the EU. The project is implemented by the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ), in collaboration with UNODC, UNDP, Mines Advisory Group, International Centre for Migration Policy Development and Enhancing Africa’s response to Transnational Organized Crime. OCWAR-T supports the ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania in reducing Transnational Organized Crime by strengthening national and regional structures, supporting capacities in fostering evidence-led policy and decision-making and efforts in enhancing criminal investigation and prosecution, improving small arms control, and reducing human trafficking.