19 April 2017
Africa-Frontex Intelligence Community report 2016: "an unparalleled platform for information-sharing and joint analysis"
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The latest report follows previous versions in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012 (pdfs), although the latter three were made public by Statewatch rather than by Frontex. The 2013 edition is partially-censored.
As a recent Statewatch briefing (pdf) noted:
"One crucial difference between the AFIC and its regional Risk Analysis counterparts [dealing, for example, with the Western Balkans or the 'Eastern Partnership' countries] is that Frontex has working arrangements and thus some form of legal basis to exchange and analyse information with the countries involved. In the case of the AFIC, Frontex only has working arrangements with Cape Verde and Nigeria. The first report issued by the intelligence community was published in 2012 (although it was not made public until some time later) and involved the authorities from: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo."
Exactly which countries now comprise the AFIC is not explicitly stated in the latest report, but it does say (p.6):
"In 2016, the AFIC successfully extended its geographical coverage and now also includes several countries from East Africa. Moreover, the Community implemented one of the recommendations from previous annual reports and started issuing a new monthly report during 2016.
It also strengthened a sense of African ownership of the Community by organising two workshops in Africa, conducting expert field visits in the continent (Aflao border post between Ghana and Togo and new airport in Nouakchott) and capturing greater attention from the key policy makers in Europe and Africa."
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