87th INTERPOL General Assembly closes in Dubai

Fiji's Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho sharing a light moment with INTERPOL’s newly elected President Kim Jong Yang at the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly in Dubai. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE evolution of technology and how it can be used by law was one of key issues of discussion at the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly in Dubai.

The assembly discussed and passed resolutions on innovation in law-enforcement, challenges faced from cyber-crime, terrorism and counter-terrorism, sharing of criminal data and human trafficking.

Fiji’s Delegation to the ‘International Criminal Police Organization’s (INTERPOL) 87th General Assembly’ led by the Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force, Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho, partook in the final and closing day of the four-day annual meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

This year’s Assembly voted in favor of our Pacific neighbors Kiribati and Vanuatu as INTERPOL’s new member countries taking the policing body total to 194

In their respective national acceptance speeches, Kiribati and Vanuatu’s head of delegations commended the Fiji Police Force for its assistance over the years through the provision of capacity building courses, training and recruitment exercises and other policing cooperation.

Kiribati and Vanuatu will each now establish their National Central Bureau (NCB) where they can share and receive vital policing information from around the world across a range of crime areas and criminal activities.

In other elections of INTERPOL’s governing body; Mr. Kim Jong Yang of the Republic of Korea was elected as the new President while Mr. Nesta Roncaglia of Argentina was elected as the new Vice-President.

Africa’s Delegate, Mr. Destino Pedro of Angola, Americas Delegate, Mr. Gillies Michaud of Canada, Asia-Pacific’s Delegates, Dr. Ahmed Naseer Al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mr. Noboru Nakatani of Japan and Europe’s Delegate, Ms. Jannine Van Den Berg of the Netherlands, were all elected as new members of the Organization’s Executive Committee.

The next INTERPOL General Assembly will be held in Chile.

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