Central Africa: a growing hotspot for organised crime


Ongoing conflicts, political instability and a breakdown in governance have exposed most Central African countries to local and transnational criminal groups. As the threat of organised crime grows, the region’s current ‘low criminality and low resilience’ classification by the Africa Organised Crime Index is likely to change.

This seminar will discuss organised crime drivers in Central Africa, the factors responsible for low resilience, and how countries can improve the situation. The seminar will also highlight the value of the Organised Crime Index data for Central African policy makers.

Simultaneous English–French interpretation will be provided at this seminar.

Chair: Martin Ewi, Regional Observatory Coordinator, ENACT, ISS Pretoria


EU representative (TBC)

Colonel Michel Koua, Head, Central African Police Chiefs Committee Permanent Secretariat, Yaounde, Cameroon

Dr Oluwole Ojewale, Regional Observatory Coordinator for Central Africa, ENACT, ISS Dakar

Lyes Tagziria, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Norbert Christian Ayenengoye, Head, Gabon INTERPOL Analytical Unit, Libreville, Gabon

Balthazar Obambi, Head, INTERPOL Analytical Unit, Brazzaville, Congo

Nathalie Richard-Bober, ENACT Project Coordinator, INTERPOL

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