GIS - 26 October, 2018: The 13th Africa Prosecutors Association Conference and Annual General Meeting, an initiative of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, in collaboration with the Africa Prosecutors Association (APA), will be held from 30th October to 1st November 2018 at Le Meridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments.
This conference will present an excellent opportunity for prosecuting agencies of Africa to meet and discuss current challenges faced by their respective jurisdictions in the fight against crime in a fast changing global environment. The theme of the conference is ‘Prosecutorial Independence and Accountability: A prerequisite of the Rule of Law.’ In line with past conferences, discussion panels will be organised to allow participants to exchange views and ideas on a variety of topics. Plenary sessions will be held on the following topics: Rule of law and prosecutorial independence and accountability; Recovering the proceeds of crime; Enhancing rule of law through mutual legal assistance; Crime victims’ rights – the right to confer with the prosecutor – does it affect or reinforce prosecutorial independence and accountability?; and Wildlife crime and corruption.
The conference speakers shall include the Directors of Public Prosecutions and Attorney Generals from various African countries as well as representatives from the United States Department of Justice and the United Kingdom Crown Prosecutions Services. During the opening ceremony, the Mutual Legal Assistance Handbook, an informative guide to sensitise prosecutors on the potential challenges they may face when embarking on a request for mutual legal assistance, will also be launched.
The Africa Prosecutors Association
The APA, an organisation of several African prosecution authorities, was established in 2003 to enhance cooperation between prosecution agencies and authorities in Africa. It was established as a response to rising transnational criminal activities in Africa, which undermine not only development, but also good governance, stability and peace on the African continent.
It aims to, among others, uphold the rule of law; assist prosecutors in the fight against serious crimes; promote efficient international cooperation in prosecuting crimes; as well as promote independence of prosecuting authorities. The APA is headed by an executive committee, elected during the Annual General Meeting, and which takes place every two years. The current President of the APA is Mr Helder Fernando Pitta Groz, Attorney General, Angola. The Annual General Meeting will take place on 1st November 2018.
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