A task force of eight high-ranking security and criminal justice officials from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) embarked on a tour of East Africa co-organized by CGCC and the IGAD Security Sector Program (ISSP). The officials undertook the study tour to hear the views of stakeholders across the subregion on how to strengthen cross-border legal cooperation against transnational terrorism. The tour stopped in Addis Ababa, Nairobi, and Kampala, and included consultations with delegations from seven IGAD member states. The task force also met with representatives of the African Union Commission, IGAD, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. To further understand the legislative dynamics of cross-border law enforcement cooperation, the task force met with senior Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Ugandan parliamentary members. Institutional, legal, and operational issues were discussed in closed-door meetings with diplomatic, criminal justice, law enforcement, military, and intelligence officials. Working with ISSP and CGCC facilitators, task force members drafted a report including recommendations to IGAD, its member states, and other stakeholders on steps for strengthened legal cooperation against terrorism.
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