Synthetic drug trafficking and use is a growing concern in Africa. The scourge is impacting regions across the continent. Recent research shows that synthetic drugs will become a significant challenge for law enforcement and the government. A coherent understanding of the scope and scale of this illicit market is emerging. This needs to be more clearly understood, so that responses are based on evidence that addresses this challenge.
This webinar will explore the key criminal markets, actors and routes of synthetic drugs in Southern Africa. A case study of Mauritius will explore the growth of synthetic drugs and the harms it has on communities. Speakers will also consider ways the African Union Plan of Action on Drug Control and Crime Prevention may help address this challenge.
Chair: Allan Ngari, West Africa Regional Observatory Coordinator, ENACT
Opening remarks: Representative of the European Union Delegation to South Africa
Jason Eligh, Senior Expert, Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime
Richard Chelin, Senior Researcher, ENACT
Dr Jane Marie Ong’olo, Head, Social Welfare, Vulnerable Groups and Drug Control at AU Commission
ENACT is funded by the European Union. ENACT is implemented by the Institute for Security Studies and INTERPOL, in affiliation with the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.