ETHIOPIA - Transnational Organised Crime is on the rise in Africa, and that formed the main concern for delegates at the second High Level Forum on African Security which took place on the weekend.
Heads of state, diplomats, and academics gathered to discuss the threat of organised crime, and explore possible solutions.
Topics on the table ranged from the cocaine trade in Guinea-Bissau, to human trafficking in Nigeria, piracy off East Africa and weapons smuggling in Libya.
Many of the nations at the forum in Addis Ababa say these issues can no longer be ignored.
Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, said “Beyond the devastating human tragedy transnational organized crime inflicts, it has the potential to destroy our social fabric, destabilise states and foster insecurity in our continent."
Internal instability has allowed organised crime to flourish.
As much as Africa is growing on the economic and political front there are still fragile states on the continent.
Instability is being exploited and even fostered by huge sophisticated criminal networks.