South Sudanese officials with Egypt’s Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) officials during the training (Photo: CCCPA)
In cooperation with the National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons (NCCPIM&TiP), the training course was held in Cairo from 17-19 January under the title ‘Combating Human Trafficking and Smuggling of Migrants, National Frameworks: South Sudan.’
South Sudanese participants from different professional backgrounds and government departments attended the training, which is part of the Enhancing Peace, Security, and Stability in Africa V project, funded by the government of Switzerland through the UNDP.
The training aims to support South Sudan's efforts to develop relevant national frameworks and legislation in combating human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants by familiarising participants with African best practices and experiences according to the CCCPA.
The training discussed several topics, including anti-trafficking frameworks, including acceding to and implementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC) and the role of the national protection system in the identification, referral and assistance of victims of human trafficking as well as providing protection and rehabilitation for victims of trafficking.
In his opening remarks, Director General of CCCPA Ambassador Ahmed Abdel-Latif said that this training was organised in the context of the centre’s transnational threats program, which seeks to enhance the capacities of African countries to combat human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants, as they are transnational crimes that are linked closely to issues of peace and security.
In this context, Ambassador Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the NCCPIM&TiP, provided an overview of Egypt's efforts in developing national frameworks and legislation in the field, and the Committee’s important role.
While Deputy Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for Migration, Refugees and Combating Human Trafficking, Ambassador Neveen El-Husseiny, addressed the devastating effects of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants on the safety of societies and sustainable development, highlighting Egypt's role at the international level in combating these crimes.
Ambassador of Switzerland to Egypt Yvonne Baumann praised Egypt's role in supporting peace and stability, both in the region and internationally, and its policies in the field of migration, especially combating the smuggling of migrants.
She also commended the cooperation with CCCPA, stressing the “need for synergetic efforts to address the challenges facing countries in these areas.”
Founded in 1994 by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CCCPA is an Egyptian public agency specialised in training, capacity building, and research in the fields of peace and security in Africa and the Middle East.