Pohamba on intelligence service

‘The free trade of goods and services and the movement of people as a result of globalisation is no longer confined to frontiers of nations and states,’ Pohamba said during the official opening of the 3rd conference Central Intelligence Security Services of Africa (CISSA) underway in Windhoek. The third conference of CISSA is being attended among other by Director-Generals of Intelligence and Security Services in Africa. For this reason, the Namibian Head of State noted that globalisation has created many challenges for intelligence and security services. He, therefore, urged African governments to place increase emphasis on enhanced co-ordination of intelligence to detect and increase the readiness to deal with potential and imminent threats. According to report of the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, high level panel on threats, challenges and changes are six clusters of threats facing the world today and within the next decade. They are war between states, violence within states in the form of civil war, large scale human right abuses and genocide, poverty, infectious diseases and environment degradation, nuclear, radiological, chemical and biological weapons, terrorism, and transnational organized crimes. ‘In my view, these are the very same threats that CISSA was created to address because they are in tandem with its focus on early warning systems, analysis and research,’ Pohamba said. Therefore, he noted, the creation of CISSA contributes significantly to the United Nations Global Security Agenda. However, he said, in order to make meaningful contribution towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the intelligence and security services on the continent should strive to create a conducive environment in which investment and development can take place. ‘Although this constitutes a notable challenge to intelligence and security services, and particularly to this new organization, it should be understood that, meeting this daunting task will take us many steps further towards strengthening intelligence mechanisms on the continent,’ he added. More than 40 African countries are attending the conference, which ends Sunday. ‘ NAMPA.

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