(Xinhua) -- Intelligence and security
officers from Eastern African countries have gathered in Uganda
to discuss better ways of sharing information.
meeting of intelligence and security heads of the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development and East African
Community kicked off Wednesday in Entebbe, about 40 km south of
the capital, Kampala.
General Elly Tumwine, Uganda’s minister of security said the
meeting provides an opportunity for the chiefs to review the
security situation of the Eastern African region, especially
pertaining to terrorism, which remains a major threat.
"We need to learn from the countries that have been handling
"We shall learn and share information much faster to enable
us to defeat these (terrorists) groups which have connections,"
Special Representative of African Union for Somalia Jose
Madeira said at the meeting that the launch of the regional East
Africa Fusion Centre and Liaison Unit would allow for better
information exchange to deal with terrorist groups such as
Somali militants, Al Shabaab and Ugandan rebel group Allied
The meeting has gathered Intelligence chiefs from Uganda,
Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Mauritius, South Sudan, Sudan,
Djibouti, Comoros and Madagascar.
The Eastern African region continuously faces such challenges
as cyber crime, money laundering, kidnappings and human
trafficking, which increased the need to share information.