CCCPA organises training programme on addressing human trafficking

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Mar 2022

The Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) launched a training course on combating cross-border threats in the African Sahel region for diplomatic, judicial, military, and police cadres from Mauritania, Mali, Nigeria, Guinea, Cameroon, Chad, and Burkina Faso.

CCCPA organises training programme on addressing human trafficking for cadres from Sahel countries

The course, titled ‘Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants’, is running from 7 to 10 March.

The event covers the legal frameworks for combating human trafficking and migrant smuggling as well as regional cooperation frameworks and national experiences, including that of Egypt, which emanated from the National Coordinating Committee to Combat Irregular Migration and Human Trafficking.

The training comes within the framework of the centre’s efforts to build the capacities of cadres of African countries in peace and security fields, most notably combating human trafficking and migrants smuggling, CCCPA Director Ahmed Abdel-Latif said.

He also expressed his appreciation for the Swiss government’s support for the centre’s programme in this regard.

Egypt prioritises boosting cooperation with the Sahel countries in order to help eradicate the root causes of terrorism, migrant smuggling, and human trafficking, said Sherif Issa, the assistant foreign minister for African affairs.

He also highlighted the historical relations and close ties that bind Egypt to the Sahel’s countries, the statement added.

Elizabeth Gilgen, the deputy head of the Swiss mission in Egypt, praised the North African country’s policies in dealing with irregular migration and human trafficking.

Egypt hosts millions of refugees and migrants and deals with them without discrimination, she added, hailing the cooperation levels between the Swiss government and the CCCPA.

In October, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt hosts nearly six million refugees from Africa and other unstable countries, while assuring that the country is not a transit point for illegal migrants seeking to reach Europe.

Founded in 1994 by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CCCPA is an Egyptian public agency specialised in training, capacity building, and research in the fields of peace and security in Africa and the Middle East.

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