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High Level Meeting On Combating Terrorist Financing in Africa

Algeria-AU

Algiers 9 April 2018, The African Union Commission and the People Democratic Republic of Algeria have jointly convened, in Algiers, a two-day meeting on “Combating Terrorist Financing in Africa”.

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat Chairperson of the African Union Commission Visits the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT)

Cairperson visit

Monday March 12th, 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, paid his first visit to the ACSRT. He was received by The AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT, Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq. The Chairperson was accompanied by a high powered delegation consisting of H.E Ambassador Smail Chergui, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, H.E Prof. Sarah M.E. ANYANG AGBOR, AU Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology, H.E. President Pierre Buyoya, the High Representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel, H.E. Ibrahim Mayaki, the Executive Secretary of the Planning and Coordinating Agency of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, Mr. El-Ghassim Wane, Chairperson’s Chief of Staff, and H.E. Prof. Mohamed El-Hacen Lebatt, the principal strategic advisor of the chairperson.

During the visit the Chairperson toured the centre and had a meeting with the staff. The Chairperson commended the Director and his staff for their good work and urged them to continue to deliver on their mandate. He emphasized the need for the ACSRT to evolve innovative responses to the situation of Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Transitional Organized Crime in Africa. He also commended the ACSRT for its Root Cause / human Security approach to addressing Violent Extremism and Radicalization that lead to Terrorism.

On cooperation and economy of effort, the AU chairperson mentioned that there will be a summit in Nouakchott, Mauritania soon which will bring together the existing regional security mechanism in the Sahel (CEMOC, UFL, G5-Sahel, and MNJT) in order to coordinate the response effort.

In his concluding remarks, the Chairperson emphasised the importance of the role of the ACSRT in assisting AU Member States to build their capacity to respond to the threats of Terrorism and Violent Extremism. He indicated his resolve to ensure that the ACSRT becomes the African Centre of Excellence for Counter Terrorism that it was established to be.

To mark this historical visit, the Chairperson of the AUC planted a tree at ACSRT premises to symbolize African peace and unity.

Second Meeting of African Regional Counter Terrorism Coordinators

RECs

16 December 2017: The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT), organized the Second Meeting of African Regional Counter-Terrorism Coordinators under the theme “Exploring Ways of Enhancing Cooperation Between Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/regional mechanisms (RMs) and the ACSRT,” 14-15 December 2017, at its headquarters in Algiers, Algeria.

Regional Workshop for Religious Leaders for Nouakchott Process Countries

CAERT-UFL Workshop

Wednesday December 11th, 2017: The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) organized, in collaboration with the Fusion and Liaison Unit (UFL-in its French acronym) and the Sahel League of Ulemas, Scholars, preachers and Imams, a Regional Workshop for Religious Leaders for Nouakchott Process Countries to review the teaching of religion in schools in order to avert the situation of youth radicalization to violent extremism which derives from the preaching of Radical interpretation of religion by Violent Extremist Groups.

The workshop therefore focuses on the skills and capacities required by religious leaders in order to play a meaningful role in the AU counter-radicalization efforts in the Sahel Region with particular reference to religious education in schools.

The opening ceremony was chaired by H.E. Ben Naoum of the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support of the AU Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the ACSRT, Larry Gbevlo-Lartey Esq., UFL Coordinator, Mrs. Zainab Kotoko and the President and the Secretary General of the Sahel League of Ulemas, Scholars, Preachers and Imams, Cheikh Ahmed Murtala and Dr. Belmehdi Youcef, respectively.

ACSRT and UFL, in their multi stake-holder, community based Human Security approach to countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization, seek to engage, inform, prepare and cooperate with identifiable credible voices in Sahelo-Sahara communities, in order to project alternative narratives and counter messages to the radical and extremist advocacy of the Violent Extremist groups in the sub-region.