Wednesday, January 19, 2022

INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation to open for business in 2014

The outgoing President of the International Police (INTERPOL), My Khoo Boo Hui, has said that the organisation’s Global Complex will open for business in 2014.

He said this when he addressed the organization‘s 81st Annual General Assembly that opened on Tuesday in Rome, Italy.

He said that the Complex had been designed to create a global law enforcement hub that combined innovation, capacity building and potential synergies with the private sector.

Hui added that the complex would also prepare the organization for the future, with the ability to evolve, innovate and adapt to the ever changing security landscape.

“It will be a key force multiplier to ensure that our Organization remains strategically relevant and operationally effective in the complex environment we face,” he said.

Hui pointed out that the complex came at a time when the police services around the world were facing challenges dealing with transnational crime. He said this was because criminals were exploiting the same technologies that had allowed businesses to expand and shift their activities internationally, adding that the criminal networks were now elastic inform, with the ability to move quickly, transform and operate from different locations to avoid investigation and prosecution.
He said the opening of the complex would, therefore, assist the police to deal effectively with these challenges and encouraged member states to second their best brains to this complex.

Officially opening the conference, Italy ‘s Minister of the Interior, Ms AnnaMaria Cancellieri, said whatever the causes could be, organized crime and terrorism were among the most serious and complex transnational challenges.

“They blur the traditional distinction between domestic and international politics and force us to rethink or reorganize our approach to the role of the international system of the state and international organization,” she said, adding that the role of international organizations like INTERPOL had become more challenging and urged member state to be equal to the challenges of the times and to help develop International Corporation by relying on global players like INTERPOL, bearing in mind that the fight against violence was a never ending battle, which concerned everyone.

Welcoming delegates to the Conference, The Chief of Police and Director of Public Security, Professor Antonio MANGANELLI, said the objectives of the conference were to identify recent forms of criminal violence, how it was manifested and how it could be combated.

The Conference was preceded by a oneÔÇôday Ministerial meeting, which culminated with the adoption of a Declaration that restated the common commitment by the political leadership to support police efforts in combating crime and making communities safer. The ministerial meeting was attended by over 100 Ministers from across the world.

The Conference brought together a total of 1200 delegates from 162 of the 190 member countries.
Botswana is represented at the Conference by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Keabetswe Makgophe, the Director of CID, Mr. Mathew’s Maduwane, and other senior police officials.

Meanwhile at the same general Assembly in Rome this past week, Mrs Mireille Ballestrazzi was elected President of INTERPOL, becoming the first woman to hold the position.
Ballestrazzi will serve as President until 2016.


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