OCWAR-T - WACAP Joint Meeting

Meeting between OCWAR-T component 1 and 4 & WACAP focal points for the baseline assessment of the existing collaboration structures and legal instruments on TOC




On 23-24 September 2020, the WACAP network in collaboration with the GIZ convened a virtual meeting with the focal points of the WACAP network to discuss the West African Response to Trafficking (OCWAR-T) project. Organised Crime: West African Response to Trafficking (OCWAR-T) supports ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania in reducing transnational organised crime (TOC). For this purpose, the project is strengthening structures, capacities and improving knowledge. Specifically, OCWAR-T support efforts in enhancing criminal investigation and prosecution, improving small arms control and reducing human trafficking. It is an ECOWAS project, commissioned by the German Government and co-funded by the EU. GIZ jointly implements OCWAR-T with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). The project covers all fifteen ECOWAS Member States and Mauritania. OCWAR-T is part of a joint effort by ECOWAS and the EU at countering threats to peace, security and stability that were identified in the West Africa Regional Indicative Programme. By raising the competencies of partners and improving cooperation within and between regions, the programme aims to support conflict prevention and the management of security threats in the region.

The meeting discussed the preparations of the joint activity WACAP-GIZ that anticipates involving the WACAP focal points in collecting data on the various laws pertaining to different forms of organized crime and existing legal instruments addressing them at the national and regional levels. The GIZ is expected to owe the organisational preparation of the joint activity, while the WACAP focal points will be leading the coordination process.

In the final wrap up session, the meeting decided to compile information relative to the existing collaboration structures and legal instruments on transnational organized crime in the WACAP member states and subsequently submit to the WACAP Secretariat the completed forms that were elaborated for this purpose. It was also agreed to hold follow up meetings to further discuss the information collected and advance the preparation of joint activity.