On 13 August, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime published a report on criminal trends in the region, from kidnapping in Mozambique to arms smuggling in Somalia. This includes – 

  • insights into how arms smuggling networks may be transporting Iranian arms intended for Yemen to the Horn of Africa and beyond;
  • how Kenya’s recent ban on the export of donkey skins to China, currently being challenged in the courts, may impact patterns of animal theft and cross-border smuggling in the region;
  • stricter measures aimed at targeting illicit financial flows by UK regulators could have unintended impacts on Somalia, where remittance providers are key in providing cash flow to the country;
  • how counterfeit and substandard hand sanitizers have flooded markets in eastern and southern Africa; and
  • the trend of kidnappings affecting the business community in Mozambique.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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