The ACSRT Received a German Delegation

German Delegation

On 26 February 2013, Ambassador Francisco Madeira, Special Representative for Counter-Terrorism Cooperation and Director of the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism and the ACSRT staff members, received Ambassador Boris Ruge, Regional Director of the Near and Middle East and Maghreb in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs accompanied by Ambassador Gotz Lingenthal, German Ambassador to Algeria.
The ultimate objective of the visit was to share experiences and perspectives on issues of mutual interest and to explore ways of co-operation between the German government and the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT).

Ambassador Madeira briefed the delegation on the strategic role of the ACSRT at the continental level in assisting Member States of the African Union to develop strategies and actions for the preventing and combating of terrorism by providing them with technical advice to ensure the implementation of the African Union instruments including the Convention of 1999 and the Protocol thereto, the AU Plan of Action; updating and strengthening the AU’s policies and programs; disseminating and assisting Member states in the implementation of the African Model Law; setting up a database of terrorist groups and their activities in Africa; developing programs of cooperation with similar sister institutions at the national, regional and continental levels.

Ambassador Madeira underscored that abject poverty, economic disparity and deprivation, political exclusion and socio-economic margin¬alization and dehumanization of victims of terrorism, radicalization and growing violent extremism are key challenges in many African countries. With the limited resources at their disposal, these countries are in dire need of technical and financial assistance to deal with the scourge of terrorism .

The Delegation mentioned that the German government was prepared for a strong and lasting cooperation in line with ACSRT priorities.