Mombasa, 29 January 2024(TDI): The Intelligence Chiefs from East Africa meet in Mombasa to discuss collaboration for security and stability in the region.
These participants are from Burundi, Uganda, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Rwanda, Eritrea, Mozambique, Djibouti, South Sudan, Seychelles, Comoros, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The officials are meeting at a conference to explore ways of enhancing cooperation. Also, they will look to address the common challenges and capitalize on the prospects for a peaceful and prosperous region. The conference took place from January 27 to 31 and was named the “Mashariki Cooperation Conference”.
According to the officials, the objective of this conference is to enhance coordination between the respective intelligence units. They will look to address common threats and capitalize on available prospects within the region.
The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, Rigathi Gachagua, addressed the participants of the conference. He stated that the evolving security demands required the enhancement of collaborative networks beyond our borders.
Undoubtedly, security is a matter of national, transnational, and international scope which requires corresponding interventions, he further added.
He opened the conference and urged participants to exchange assessments regarding the threats and opportunities existing within the region. Furthermore, he emphasized effectively addressing common challenges in the region.
He highlighted that the conference has taken place when the East African nations are grappling with security challenges including armed conflicts and terrorism.
Collaboration in Modern Technology
Intelligence Chiefs from East Africa highlighted the importance of modern technology and critical infrastructure. Gachagua said that with advancing technology, nations must build highly innovative infrastructure.
Consequently, they should utilize it for tracing, tracking, and monitoring potential threats for early elimination and prevention.
Additionally, he added security chiefs are advisors to key State decision-makers. Without any doubt, their work must inform legal and policy actions for sustainable security solutions.
Director General National Intelligence Service Noordin Haji also addressed the conference and asked for the integration of the region to counter illicit regional activities.