Illegal trading into and through Africa

This seminar provides new insights into illicit trafficking of explosives and cigarettes.

Illegal trade has a significant impact on stability and security in North and Central Africa. This hybrid event will draw on the 2021 Organised Crime Index to provide an overview of criminality and resilience in these regions, followed by the release of new research on illicit trafficking.

INTERPOL’s latest analytical report on illicit trafficking in explosives in Central Africa will be discussed. The research assesses the modus operandi, sources, actors and flows in the region. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report on the illegal flow of cigarettes and the pivotal role played by North Africa and the Balkans in global trading routes and networks will also be explored.

This side event is co-hosted by the ENACT consortium of ISS, INTERPOL and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC). To attend this side event in person, registration for the 32nd CCPCJ is required.

Simultaneous English-French interpretation will be provided for online participants.

Moderator: Anabella Corridoni, Analytical Coordinator, ENACT-INTERPOL

Opening remarks: Eric Galvin, Regional Crisis Response Planner for the EU Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI), Vienna


  • Rumbi Matamba, Analyst, Observatory of Illicit Economies: Eastern and South Africa, GI-TOC
  • Yann Le Cloarec, Criminal Intelligence Analyst, ENACT-INTERPOL
  • Abdelkader Abderrahmane, ENACT Senior Researcher West and North Africa, ISS Dakar
Development partners
ENACT is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Institute for Security Studies in partnership with INTERPOL and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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