Tanzania: AU PSC urges African intelligence agencies to be innovative

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - All national intelligence and security services of the African Union (AU) member States should be innovative and adapt to the contemporary security threats by using, among others, advanced information and communication technologies (ICTs), the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the AU has stated.

Observing that provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 of 2014 requires member States to prevent the movement of terrorist groups by ensuring effective border management and control, the PSC has urged African countries to engage highly skilled personnel to prevent terrorist and criminal groups from abusing the free movement of people, goods and services around the continent.

Meeting at ministerial level at the weekend in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the PSC discussed the Free Movement of People and Goods and its Implications on Peace and Security in Africa, acknowledging the real and potential security and economic challenges posed by criminal groups that could abuse the free movement of people, goods and services.

In addition, the Council session, chaired by Rwanda's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ms. Louise Mushikiwabo, encouraged member States to sensitize their citizens on all AU decisions relating to free movement of people, goods and services, with a view to forestalling any resentment to foreigners from other African countries and preventing xenophobia.

A communiqué issued at the end of the session and made available to PANA in Dar es Salaam on Monday, said that the PSC has also underlined the need to ensure that effective measures are put in place to prevent situations, whereby upholding the freedom of movement of people, will not lead to the settlement of migrants in a given country and create or exacerbate inequalities, or  constitute challenges to peace and security.

"The Council commends the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)  and the East African Community (EAC) for the significant progress recorded to date in the promotion of free movement of people, goods and services," said the communiqué.

"Besides facilitating regional and continental integration, the benefits of free movement of people, goods and services, far outweigh the real and potential security and economic challenges that may be perceived or generated," the Council acknowledged.

It stressed the need for AU member States to further enhance mutual trust, cooperation and collaboration in addressing security challenges that are related to free movement of people, and encouraged them to have a common policy on free movement of people and goods.

At its 27th ordinary session held in July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda, the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government urged all member States to adopt the African Passport and to work closely with the AU Commission to facilitate the process towards the issuance of the document at national level based on international design and specifications.
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