PARIS (France)- Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel presented Thursday, in Paris, the conclusions of Algiers conference on combatting the financing of terrorism held on April 9-10.
Participating as a panelist on the theme of "the fight against organize crime to cut off financing of terrorists," at a ministerial conference on combating the financing of terrorism, held in Paris, Messahel said the April's meeting, jointly organized by Algeria and the African Union, was held as part of the mission confided to President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika by his African peers as coordinator of the fight against violent extremism and terrorism in Africa.
It came in pursuance to a relevant decision taken by the African Union Council of Peace and Security, giving effect to one of the seven main lines of Africa's future action, as suggested by President Bouteflika in the memorandum he had submitted to his peers.
Stressing the need to combat the financing of terrorism, Algeria's policy chief said the scourge was being financed through organized crime.
He added that eleven types of organized crime in Africa contributed to the financing of financing, including trade and other profit-making activities, some NGOs and charitable donations, smuggling of arms, goods and money, in addition to drug and human trafficking, exploitation of illegal immigrants, illegal extraction of raw material, sea piracy, kidnapping for ransom, cybercrime, poaching and counterfeiting.
On the legal aspects of the fight against terrorism financing in Africa, the minister said that most of African countries had joined the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and put in place regional bodies to organize the fight against terrorism, including its financing.
He mentioned the different actions undertaken in the field, including the adoption of the Organization of African Unity's Convention on Prevention and Fight against Terrorism held in Algiers in 1999, and its additional protocol of July 2004, the operationalization of the AU Council of Peace and Security, the adoption of the African Plan on the Fight against Terrorism in 2004, including the fight against terrorism financing.
Messahel also underlined the incrimination, in 2009, of ransom payment to terrorists for release of hostages, the appointment, in October, of AU's special representative for cooperation against terrorism, the adoption, in July 2011, of a model law on counterterrorism, and the designation of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika as Coordinator for prevention of radicalization and counterterrorism in Africa in January 2017.