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ISS Press Release: ISS and EAPCCO Host High Level Burundi Delegation
Nairobi, Kenya -- 5 November 2010 -- The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in partnership with the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) this week hosted a high-level government delegation from Burundi on a learning tour to Kenya from the 1st to 5th of November. The learning tour was organized under the auspices of the ISS/EAPCCO Environment Crime Project, which covers 8 countries in Eastern Africa, including: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and Seychelles.
The support to the Government of Burundi to undertake this learning tour to Kenya is based on the realisation that as one of the newest members of the East African Community, Burundi is facing a serious challenge of bringing its legal and policy framework in line with the other East African Community members. Burundi`s challenge is further compounded by the fact that it is a civil law country that is joining a community whose laws and policies are based on the common law.
The high-level government delegation from Burundi included: The Minister for Environment; The Chef de Cabinet, Ministry of Environment; The Chef de Cabinet Ministry of Public Security; The Director for Environment, Ministry of Environment; The Director of the Institute for Environment, Burundi; The Head, of INTERPOL in Burundi.
The delegation visited several government agencies responsible for environment management in the country, which included EAPPCO/INTERPOL Secretariat; The Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources; The National Environment Management Authority; Kenya Wildlife services; Kenya Forestry Services and The United Nations Environment Management Programme (UNEP).
The delegation was welcomed to the INTERPOL secretariat by Mr. Awad Dahia. In attendance were several regional specialized INTERPOL officers including Mr. Maritim Julius in charge of capacity building, Mr. Good luck Mongi in charge of environmental crime and Ms. Shadia Omar in charge of crime Analysis.
The Minister for Environment Prof. Kamar handing over of key government documents on the Environment to the head of the Burundi delegation
The delegation was welcomed by the Minister responsible for Environment in Kenya Prof. Kamar who pledged the support of the government of Kenya to Burundi. In attendance was the permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment as well as all the divisional and departmental directors at the Ministry of Environment including the Director of the National Environment Management Authority Dr. Kennedy Ondimu.
Delegates at the National Environment Management Authority
At the Kenya Forestry Authority, the delegation was welcomed and addressed by the Executive Director Mr. David Mbugua accompanied by all his directors. The visit to the Kenya Wild Life Services (KWS) was an extremely successful one and included a tour of the Animal orphanage at the world famous Nairobi Park. The Director Mr. Tom Sipul welcomed the delegates.
The delegates also visited the United Nations Environment Programme where they were hosted by the Regional Office for Africa, which pledged to work with the Institute for Security studies to support Burundi. The delegate`s visit ended at Kenya`s Foreign Services Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where the Fist Secretary welcomed them. He pledged to offer training and capacity building on environmental diplomacy to Burundian diplomats.
About the Institute:
The Institute for Security of Studies (ISS) is a pan-African organization that undertakes applied policy research, provides teaching and training as well as technical assistance. The Institute is head quartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Dakar, Senegal. The ISS works for the advancement of sustainable human security in Africa. It seeks to mainstream human security perspectives into public policy processes and to influence decision makers within Africa and beyond. The objective of the Institute is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing timely, empirical research, teaching and implementation support on sustainable human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups, and the media.
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