Nairobi to host anti-terror gathering
05 February 2014, 15:45
Nairobi - The United States Department of State is upbeat at initiatives established to curb terror in Kenya and the rest of the East African region.
“Through the Terrorist Interdiction Program (TIP), the Department enhances border security capabilities for partner nations at risk of terrorist activity – by providing a computerized screening-list system, the Personal Identification Secure Comparison and Evaluation System (PISCES),” Geeta Pasi, United States Ambassador to Djibouti, said at the ongoing Gulf of Aden Regional Counterterrorism Forum.
The event is taking place in Djibouti City until Wednesday.
Pasi said as of February 2014, government authorities in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda managed and operated a total of 38 PISCES installations at airports, seaports, and land borders to screen, identify, and deter terrorist travelers.
Of these 38 PISCES installations, 35 operate biometric screening, with fingerprints, as part of primary processing.
As part of initiatives to curb incessant terror, Kenya will next month host a key regional meeting.
“We also hope that your (delegates’) governments will participate in next meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum’s Horn of Africa Working Group in Nairobi on 12-13 March, where the focus will be on strengthening cooperation and capacities in the region on law enforcement and CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures),” said Pasi.
Kenya has recently been a victim of terror mostly blamed on the militant al Shabaab terror group, which last year attacked an upmarket mall.
“Its September 2013 siege on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that targeted civilians – including women and children -- demonstrated again that it remains a threat to the entire region. But we know that al-Shabaab is a fractured organization fighting for relevance in a country that is showing signs of new life,” said Pasi.