KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua)
-- The Eastern Africa Police Chief
Cooperation Organization signed a memorandum of understanding with
the Italian Police Force (Carabinieri) to enhance cooperation in
various fields of policing.
The deal was signed by the
chairman of the 13-member regional police bloc known by its acronym
as EAPCCO, Inspector General of Rwanda National Police Emmanuel K.
Gasana and Italian police Commander General, Lt. Gen. Tullio Del
The parties committed to sharing of best practices and upgrading
the capacity of police officers in varied policing fields.
The understanding was inked on the last day of a week-long
meeting of security experts from Eastern Africa in Kigali.
The meeting discussed ways of maintaining stronger cooperation in
combating transnational organized crimes.
Lt. Gen. Tullio said the MoU was demonstration of the
seriousness, effectiveness, and determination in strengthening
cooperation for a safer world.
Rwanda’s Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, said the
formalized commitment between EAPCCO and Carabinieri would be
valuable if the individual governments of the regional police bloc
commit themselves to the implementation.
He is also the chairperson of EAPCCO Council of Ministers.
EAPCCO brings together Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Comoros,
Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Seychelles,
Somalia and Tanzania.
It was formed in 1998 in Kampala, Uganda to among other things
promote, strengthen and foster cooperation in fight against of
cross-border and related crimes, and to formulate systematic
regional training policies, according to officials.