ACSRT assessing Namibia's readiness to fight terrorism

16 Dec 2013 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 16 DEC (NAMPA) - A delegation from the African Union (AU)’s Africa Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) is in the country to evaluate and review the implementation of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service’s counter-terrorism strategy.
The evaluation and review of that strategy is being conducted at a five-day workshop which commenced in the capital on Monday.
Officially opening the workshop, the Director-General (DG) of the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) Lieutenant General (retired) Lucas Petrus Hangula explained that the evaluation of that strategy is important to Namibia as it will assist the country to streamline endeavours undertaken by Government in dealing with the threat of terrorism to the country and its people.
He explained that the workshop is set to critically assess whether Namibia is living up to its commitments in accordance with the AU Plan of Action (2000) and other relevant decisions related to the fight against terrorism.
Hangula noted that the exercise should ascertain whether Namibia has the necessary capacity, infrastructure and required resources to prevent and combat terrorism.
The exercise should further develop recommendations in relation to steps Namibia could take to fully comply with the required standard and readiness for the prevention and combating the threat of terrorism.
Meanwhile, ACSRT Director, Ambassador Fransico Caetano Madeira who also spoke at the official opening said the workshop will pay particular attention to anti-terrorism legislation, to measures taken to combat terrorist financing, and to the level of cooperation between the services and bodies in charge of fighting terrorism to border control management services.
He added that in essence, the workshop will address issues that would enable the ACSRT to accomplish two goals which include listing the country's real needs in terms of technical assistance area by area, and according to identified priorities.
The workshop will also formulate recommendations for the Namibian Government on measures aimed at improving the implementation of the commitments made in the framework of the Action Plan.
It will further formulate recommendations on procedures which endeavour to advance the coordination and teamwork between the services and agencies responsible for fighting terrorism and measures which intend to improve sub-regional and international cooperation.
Madeira said a report will be prepared and given to the Namibian authorities with the intention of harmonising ACSRT's views pertaining to the continent.
The ACSRT is the technical appendage of the AU Commission, and is principally in charge of providing its expertise on all issues associated with the prevention and combating of terrorism in Africa.
It aims to assisting Member States to completely implement international and continental conventions on the fight against terrorism.