Morocco lays the groundwork as a security leader to host the 47th Arab Security Summit in Tangier on 6-7 December 2023; representatives of prominent security organizations meet in the northern city

Tangier: host of the 47th Arab Police and Security Leaders Conference

Abdellatif Hammouchi - PHOTO/FILE
photo_camera PHOTO/FILE - Abdellatif Hammouchi

Tangier hosts the 47th Arab Police and Security Leaders Conference, starting on 6 December. The two-day event is attended by senior security officials from several Arab countries, in addition to representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the International Police Organisation (Interpol), the Criminal Court, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the African Union Police Cooperation Mechanism (Afripol), the European Police College (CEPOL), the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, among other organisations. 

The event also brings together representatives of the European Union Police Training Agency, the European Police Office, the African Union for Police Cooperation, the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences and the Arab Police Sports Federation.

Key topics on the agenda of the 47th Arab Security and Police Conference include the use of modern technology to combat terrorism and organised crime and the establishment of collaborative measures among Arab countries within the framework of a participatory coordination mechanism to ensure the treatment of injured police officers. 

PHOTO/PIXABAY - Tánger, Marruecos
PHOTO/PIXABAY - Tangier, Morocco

The event will also open discussions on the recommendations of the 2023 Security Leaders' Conferences and hold committee meetings chaired by the General Secretariat. It will also present a report on the work of the Arab Police Sports Federation for the year 2023 and review some of the outstanding security experiences of some Member States. 

The conference will present the winning entries of the annual awareness-raising film competition, organised by the General Secretariat to raise awareness of crime prevention as one of the educational initiatives to raise awareness of crime and the prevention of its dangers. The General Secretariat will submit the recommendations of the conference to the next session of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers in order to adopt what it deems appropriate in this regard and take appropriate action.

It is worth noting that the choice of Morocco as host country for the 47th Arab Police and Security Leaders Conference has been announced after it was chosen to host the 93rd session of the General Assembly of the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol). 

The event, scheduled for 2025 in Marrakech, will bring together high-level security officials representing Interpol's 195 member countries. This General Assembly is considered Interpol's highest administrative body which meets regularly and is attended by the heads of law enforcement agencies in member countries. 

This high-level international meeting focuses on assessing global security challenges, analysing evolving criminal trends and developing collective strategies that can be implemented in member countries to ensure the security of citizens, borders and partner countries. 

PHOTO/FILE - Abdellatif Hammouchi, director general de Seguridad Nacional de Marruecos
PHOTO/FILE - Abdellatif Hammouchi, Moroccan Director General of National Security

Awarding Morocco the honour of hosting the Interpol General Assembly in Marrakech in 2025 reflects the renewed confidence of the participants at the current Interpol session in Vienna, according to an official statement from Morocco's Directorate General of National Security (DGSN). 

In this regard, Abdellatif Hammouchi, Morocco's Director General of National Security and Territorial Surveillance (DGSN-DGST), expressed his appreciation for Marrakech's support in its bid to host this prestigious event; stating that 'the vote on Morocco's candidacy to host the 93rd session of the Interpol General Assembly received significant recognition, as well as applause from representatives of member countries and delegates from relevant regional and international organisations'. 

The DGSN revealed, in this context, the support to Morocco as a host country for major international events is due to the modernisation and progress known to the Moroccan security services. "Morocco is always ready to collaborate and cooperate with Interpol and member countries to promote global security and stability," Hammouchi reiterated

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