The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the European Union and INTERPOL has launched a 1.3 million euros programme in a joint partnership to fight money laundering. This is a part of the larger EU-sponsored 37.5 Million Euro programme that was developed to combat piracy and increase maritime security in 2014.
The Maritime Security (MASE) programme is implemented by COMESA, the East African Community (EAC), the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Indian Ocean Community (IOC).
The launch of the new partnership with INTERPOL was witnessed by the Assistant Secretary General in charge of programmes (COMESA) Dr Kipyego Cheluget, the Head of Political, Press and Information at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Rune Skinnebach, and INTERPOL Senior Project Manager, Mr. Dimitrios Souxes.
INTERPOL will be implementing one of the objectives of the COMESA component within the framework of an Implementation Agreement signed between the two organizations in 2015. Specifically INTERPOL will support investigative capacity building of law enforcement agencies in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) Region in the area of financial crimes at the national and international levels.