Meeting of Counter-terrorism coordinators and heads of fusion centers, Cracow, Poland

 

The African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism, represented by Lieutenant-Colonel Christian Emmanuel MOUAYA POUYI, participated in the meeting of national Counter-Terrorism Coordinators and Heads of Fusion Centres (Madrid Group), organised by the Internal Security Agency  of Poland on 8-9 May 2012 in Cracow, Poland.

The meeting was organised in the framework of Madrid Group that constitutes an informal platform of information exchange on the on-going counter-terrorism efforts undertaken by all participating parties.

The meeting was attended by more than 50 participants, representing the Members of the Madrid Group, as well as representatives of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Europol, Eurojust, FRONTEX, the African Union CAERT, and other entities, such as Australian NTAC, Canadian ITAC, Ukrainian ATC, US NCTC, Polish Ministry of Interior, Polish Foreign Intelligence Agency etc.

The discussed topics included:

  • Exchanging information on the operation of counter-terrorism fusion centres and planned conferences,
  • Discussing the envisaged future role of the fusion centres as well as EU participants in countering terrorism,
  • Setting up a joint website for information purposes,
  • Impact of the Arab Spring on the terrorist threat to countries in the Maghreb region in the context of security in Europe,
  • Trends in terrorist activity, i.e. lone wolf terrorism, travel movements and counter-terrorism, etc,

All the speakers focused their presentation on the recent trends in terrorist activity in their respective regions, as well as the impact of the Arab Spring on the terrorist threat level and how they see the future role of the fusion centers in countering terrorism. Important statements were presented on various themes such as lone wolf terrorism, travel movements, etc.

The delegate of the CAERT reported on the extremely volatile and unpredictable security situation in the Sahara Sahel region that is faced with multiple challenges, in particular terrorism and transnational organized crime, proliferation of weapons, illicit trafficking of various products, armed conflicts, environmental degradation, and climate change, as well as food insecurity and nutrition crisis.

He also presented the measures adopted by the Sahelian and Saharan countries, under the leadership of the African Union Commission to face the situation, consisting in the strengthening of the cooperation amongst themselves, through the elaboration and the implementation of joint social and economic programs, aiming at fighting  radicalization and enhancing  the information sharing and coordination.

Lieutenant-Colonel MOUAYA POUYI also presented the experience of CAERT as the African Union counter-terrorism coordinating center, managing a network composed by national, regional and international focal points.