A turning point in West Africa’s fight against organised crime?
“ECOWAS leadership changes may add much-needed political momentum in the region’s response to transnational organised crime,” indicates William Assanvo, co-ordinator for the Regional Organised Crime Observatory, in an article published by Enact Africa. While the region has successfully put in place legal co-operation frameworks within ECOWAS, regional co-operation is still lacking. “The regional body seems unable to articulate a unified stance on organised crime, including the complex and changing ways in which it manifests and affects the region. This significantly hampers effective action,” explains Assanvo. Moreover, beyond drug-trafficking, various types of transnational crimes continue to evolve across the region. “With decisive action and the updating and implementation of existing protocols, the region could do much to address the issues,” concludes Assanvo.