LUANDA -- Angolan Interior Minister A�ngelo Tavares has called on the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organization (SARPCCO) to combine efforts for the prevention of and fight against cross-border crimes.

Speaking on the prevention and fight against drugs and human trafficking as well as car theft, money laundering and cyber crime in the sub-region, he said such evils affected the economy and social development of southern Africa.

Tavares was addressing the opening session of the 23rd Annual Meeting of the SARPCCO Sub-Committee of SADC Inter-State Defence and Security Committee, on behalf of Angolan President JoAPound o Lourenco.

He noted that in addition to affecting the economic and social growth and development of the SADC member countries, such crimes discouraged foreign investment and created a sense of instability and member countries should make it a priority to combine their efforts to prevent such crimes.

He said in recent times, people and groups involved in organized crime, such as traffickers of human organs and people beings and terrorists, had negatively exploited the progress of science in the field of new information communication technology (ICT).

In order to counter this, the Defence and Security bodies, in particular the police forces within SARPPCO, should intensify their staff training. The use of technology will help the staff put into place the plans and programmes of the regional organization.

Interpol Secretary-General Yurgan Stock reiterated the organization's availability to train the African police officers.

SARPCCO is an organ of the Inter-State Committee for Defence and Security of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) tasked with promoting, strengthening and perpetuating co-operation and encourage joint strategies for the management of all forms of cross-border crime.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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