Maputo – 3 April 2017, the Ministry of Public Security of Viet Nam has announced in their visit to the Ministry of Interior of Mozambique that they will advise the official start date of a police attaché from Viet Nam to Mozambique in the second half of this year.
Following the invitation of Mr Mário Jorge, the Director of International Relations Office of the Interior Ministry of Mozambique, Major General Tran Van Tat, the Director of International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam paid a visit to Mozambique from 2 to 5 April 2017.
Both sides expressed their satisfaction with the implementation progress of the cooperation agreement between the two governments in combatting crimes, as well as the MoU in training focussing on anti-terrorism, forgery, drugs, wildlife trafficking, money laundering, and exchange of information on transnational organised crimes.
At the meeting, two delegations showed concerns with crimes by transnational organised networks, especially in trafficking rhino horns and ivory that involved citizens of the two countries. From 2013 to 2016, there have been at least 8 cases of wildlife trafficking shipments stopped in Viet Nam that originated from Mozambique.
Major General Tran Van Tat said: “The objective of this visit to Mozambique is to strengthen the understanding and cooperation between the Ministry of Police of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Interior of Mozambique. We both have the responsibility to fight against crimes and in particular widlife crimes. We are committed to combat this crime together.”
In the previous trip to South Africa from 29 March to 2 April 2017, the Ministry of Public Security of Viet Nam also discussed with the Ministry of Police of South Africa an upcoming agreement against crimes and mentioned the possible cooperation by South Africa after a Vietnamese police attaché is deployed in Mozambique.
The police attaché received technical assistance from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) with financial support from GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Major General Tran Van Tat (second from left) made a speech at the meeting with the Director of International Relations Office of the Interior Ministry of Mozambique, April 2017
Major General Tran Van Tat gave an opening speech at the workshop to share experience in fighting illegal wildlife trade between Vietnam and Mozambique at the Police Academy of Mozambique (ACIPOL), April 2017
The delegates of the Ministry of Public Security of Vietnam in the meeting with the Ministry of Interior of Mozambique, April 2017
Workshop to share experience in fighting illegal wildlife trade between Viet Nam and Mozambique
at the Police Academy of Mozambique (ACIPOL), April 2017