Kenya on Friday called for regional alliances against rising cross-border crime.

Fred Matiang’i, cabinet secretary at the Ministry of Interior, said there are local challenges that come alongside cross-border interactions that cannot be resolved without cooperation among neighboring countries.

“Regional alliances are essential to effectively combat rising cross-border crime,” he said. “This will set the stage for greater and easier police work… through increased information exchange and collaboration,” Matiang’i told an annual general meeting of the Eastern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization, which was held virtually.

He said Kenya will continue to cooperate with international partners in the fight against transnational organized crime, including with members of the Regional Operation Center Khartoum (ROCK) initiative.

Regional agreements are an essential component of deterrence and prevention, Matiang’i said.

“Local law enforcement agencies that work closely together to identify regional threats, share intelligence, and work constructively with private sector entities and other governmental agencies are more likely to prevent an emergency or disaster,” he said.

Matiang’i urged east African states to create and provide training that will ensure seamless, unified responses to large multi-jurisdictional incidents by using clearly defined guidelines.

“We must step up our collaboration and ensure coordination of responses that supports the policies and missions of individual agencies while creating an effective and unified law enforcement presence in the region,” he said.

Matiang’i said regional police chiefs are aware of the risk and vulnerabilities posed by mobile money for terrorism financing and money laundering schemes, and have therefore resolved to subject the mobile payment sector to strict regulatory control.

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