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Press Release: Launch of New Project Aimed at Building Specialised Capacity of African Prosecutors
7 December 2010


Adv. Anton du Plessis
Head: International Crime in Africa Programme
Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
Tel: +27 12 346 9500

ISS Press Release: Launch of New Project Aimed at Building Specialised Capacity of African Prosecutors

Pretoria, South Africa - 7 December 2010 - The Institute for Security of Studies (ISS) is proud to announce the launch of a multi-year project aimed at enhancing the capacity of African prosecutors to prosecute complex, organised and international crimes, including terrorism and piracy. The Spanish-funded project forms part of a three-year agreement between the governments of Spain and South Africa (represented by the National Prosecuting Authority) signed in Pretoria on 7 December 2010.

The project, which includes the development of specialised training manuals and several national and regional capacity building programmes for African prosecutors, commences on 1 January 2011 and will be implemented with the official endorsement and support of the African Prosecutors Association (APA).

At the signing ceremony, the Spanish Ambassador, H.E. Pablo Benavides Orgaz and South Africa`s National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv. Menzi Simelane, underscored the importance of regional capacity building initiatives. In this regard, they highlighted the crucial role that the APA plays in facilitating the development of capacity building for its member countries, especially in the priority crime areas identified in the project.

Adv. Anton du Plessis, Head of the International Crime in Africa Programme at the ISS, said that the Institute was proud to be the fulltime implementation partner on the project and that the ISS values its longstanding partnership with the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. He highlighted that complex transnational criminality is a growing threat to Africa`s peace, security and stability, and that prosecutors need specialised expertise to respond appropriately to these crimes. He reiterated that the APA is best placed to coordinate continental capacity building efforts for prosecutors and thanked the government of Spain for supporting the project.

About the Institute:

The ISS is a pan-African organisation 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.