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The Embassy participated in the Maritime Security Transnational Organised Crime course

26.06.2019  11:50
The maritime counsellor at The Embassy of Denmark in Accra, Thomas Raahauge Norup, participated in the Maritime Security Transnational Organised Crime course (MSTOC) at the Kofi Annan International Training Centre (KAIPTC).

The aim of the course was to train security sector actors in maritime security and explore the links to transnational organized crimes. The security sector actors were trained and updated on trends and issues in the rule of law, regarding maritime security and transnational organized crime in Africa generally, and West Africa specifically.

For maritime counsellor Thomas Raahauge Norup the course was part of the preparation for the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Security Programme phase II 2019-2021, launched in April of this year. The Embassy of Denmark are to develop an advanced course that will build on the skills and insight learned through MSTOC. Development of the course will be in close collaboration with KAIPTC.

“The aim of my participation was to gain further knowledge, enhance network throughout the region and to get an insight on the way KAIPTC conduct their courses and the ability to convene in the region and across the continent,” says Thomas Raahauge Norup. “I am convinced, KAIPTC is the right partner for the Embassy of Denmark to further enhance regional collaboration and maritime security”.

Experts from around the world

The course comprised of 33 participants from 17 countries including Brazil, Somalia, Uganda and regional countries in West Africa stretching from Congo to Senegal including the landlocked countries Mali and Burkina Faso. For the most part, participants were senior public officials engaged within law enforcement; police, customs, navy, or working in regional or international bodies of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) or UN.

The large variety of countries represented shows the convening power the Kofi Annan International Training Centre has.

“As a centre of excellence, KAIPTC demonstrated the ability to convene across Anglophone and Francophone countries. KAIPTC also demonstrated the ability to attract relevant lectures,” Thomas Raahauge Norup explains.

The course was sponsored by the German Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.