The Italian Carabinieri signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Eastern Africa Police Chief Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) in Kigali on February 24.
The Memorandum was signed between the Commander General of Carabinieri, Lt. Gen. Tullio Del Sette and the chairman of the 13-member regional police bloc, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana (Rwanda). The signing event was presided over by Rwanda’s Minister of Justice, Johnston Busingye, and the Italian Ambassador to Rwanda, H.E. Domenico Fornara. The ceremony was also witnessed by Police Chiefs and representatives from EAPCCO member states.
The Memorandum focuses on the exchange of best practices and support to EAPCCO regional centers of excellence. It will also provide a legal framework to foster bilateral cooperation between Carabinieri and Police Forces of the 13 members of the regional organization (bilateral MoUs were already signed between the Carabinieri and Uganda Police Force in 2015 and Rwanda National Police early this year).
Lt.Gen. Del Sette and Ambassador Fornara were also received by the President of Rwanda, H.E. Paul Kagame, and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, H.E. Louise Mushikiwabo, and of Natural Resources, Dr. Vincent Biruta.