On April 9, a ceremony was held at the headquarters of the Regional Police of the Autonomous Region of the Príncipe, in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, to deliver a special vehicle to support the Judiciary Police in the region, within the framework of the Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED). The ceremony was attended by the President of the Prince’s Regional Government, José Cassandra; the Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, Ivete Lima; the General Director of Prison Services and Social Reintegration, Lázaro Afonso; the Director of the Judicial Police, Maribel Rocha and Mr. Attaché of the Embassy of Portugal, António Machado.

The event was held with the purpose of strengthening the structures of the Delegation of the Judicial Police of the Autonomous Region of the Prince. According to the Minister of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights, Ivete Santos Lima Correia, “the delivery of this vehicle will improve the services of the Judicial Police in the Region of Prince, which is the pillar of crime prevention and investigation in this region.”

The objectives of PACED are to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in the PALOP-TL group of countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.

The intervention focuses on actions to institutionally empower competent authorities at the legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and good practices.

The project started in 2014 and is due in December 2019. The PACED has a budget of 8.4 million euros (7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and 1.4 million by Camões, IP).

In addition to the Judicial Police, in São Tomé and Príncipe the PACED works directly with the Ministry of Justice, Public Administration and Human Rights, the Minister of Planning, Finance and Blue Economy and the Central Bank.

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On October 16, a conference on “Organization and Management of Criminal Justice” was held in the Barlavento Chamber of Commerce, in Mindelo, Cape Verde, within the framework of the Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in the PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED), implemented by Instituto Camões, IP.

On October 16, at the inaugural conference, keynote speakers shared their experiences in organizing and managing the Criminal Justice sector with judges, prosecutors, criminal investigation police and Cape Verdean law enforcement officers. The sessions allowed for reflection on issues related to the mechanisms for strengthening the integrity of the various judicial actors, combining the essential parameters of the independence of the courts and their accountability, on transparency and performance evaluation methods, and on the approach to ethics and professional deontology.

Cape Verde’s Minister of Justice and Labor, Janine Lélis, who presided over the session, underlined the importance of the Conference, at a time when the country is implementing “major reforms in the criminal justice sector.” According to the Minister, “Cape Verde advocates the organization and management of criminal justice, which guarantees the protection of the rights and assets of citizens, acts within the constitutional and legal limits, is effective in discovering the facts, is fair in punishing the guilty, safeguard and protect victims and competent in the enforcement of criminal sanctions”.

The event was also attended by the President of the National Assembly, Jorge Santos, of the Deputy General Prosecutor and PACED, Luís Landim, the Head of Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union in Praia, Jose Roman Leon Lora, and the President of the Chamber of São Vicente, Augusto Neves.

With an allocation of € 8.4 million, of which € 7 million is financed by the European Union and € 1.4 million by Camões IP, the PACED is a project managed directly by Camões, IP, whose intervention focuses on actions to strengthen the institutional capacity of the competent authorities at the legislative, executive and judicial levels, promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and good practices among them.

After the conference on the 16th of October, there was a restricted formation from 17th to 19th October in order to deepen the theme of the conference. These initiatives were organized by the Higher Councils of the Public Ministry and the Judicial Magistracy, which work directly with the project.

The training program is led by seven Mozambican specialists, who are part of an autonomous training grant in the criminal area created under the PACED. With the support and guidance of the Portuguese Center for Judicial Studies and the School of the Judiciary Police, the contents covered during the training focus on the most appropriate legal, administrative and procedural instruments for dealing with cases of corruption, money laundering and organized crime, particularly drug trafficking, scientific methodologies and the development of identification and detection mechanisms appropriate to this type of crime.

These training courses are aimed at judges, prosecutors, criminal investigation police and technical staff of the Financial Information Unit, designated by the national partner institutions of the project: Attorney General, Supreme Court, Mozambican Financial Information Office – GIFiM and Services with the support of the Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, through the Center for Legal and Judicial Training, and the Office of the National Authorizing Officer – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

As part of this training program, the PACED has already carried out 26 national training actions in the six partner countries of the project, involving 265 trainees. In Mozambique, the goal is to increase the number of trained professionals in these areas, from the 68 graduates of the first edition in 2017 to 135.

With funding from the European Union and Camões, I.P, in a joint initiative with the Mozambican authorities, these actions are part of the Project to Support the Consolidation of the Rule of Law in PALOP and Timor-Leste (PACED).

The opening ceremony was held on May 7th and was attended by the Angolan Minister of Justice and Human Rights (MJDH), Francisco Queiroz, the Head of the Union Delegation Tomáš Uličný and the representative of the Portuguese Embassy in Angola, Teresa Mateus.
Led by Angolan specialists who are part of the PALOP and East Timor scholarship package created by the PACED, the actions are promoted with the MJDH, the Attorney General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Criminal Investigation Service and the Financial Information Unit , with the support of the National Authorizing Officer of Angola – Ministry of Economy and Planning.
With the tutor of the Center for Judicial Studies and the School of the Judiciary Police of Portugal, the program of these training centers, in a first phase, on the legal, administrative and procedural instruments most appropriate to this type of crime and, in a second phase, on the scientific methodologies and the development of identification and detection mechanisms.
Around 200 judicial magistrates and prosecutors, criminal investigators and officials from the financial intelligence units of the PALOP and East Timor received training in 2017 thanks to the PACED. This year, the goal is to double this number, which in Angola translates into an increase from 60 to 120 professionals better able to prevent and combat crimes of corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.

The ceremony was attended by Indira Noronha, Minister of the Portuguese Embassy, ​​Anna Renieri, head of “Civil Society, Environment and Cooperation PALOP-TL” of the European Union Delegation and Bento Quedissane Macanda – National Identification and Police Register Director at SERNIC.

Among the equipment provided is a vehicle to reinforce the drug brigade and computer equipment for the teleconference room of this institution, which aims to guarantee a real-time communication with the provinces, for the exchange of information regarding the various types of crime under investigation.

In total, the donation from the European Union and Camões – Institute of Cooperation and Language, I.P., through the PACED, amounts to about 65,000 Euros, approximately 4,700,000.00 MZN.

The objectives of the PACED, which focuses on preventing and combating corruption, money laundering and organized crime – in particular drug trafficking – aim, with this support, to strengthen SERNIC’s operational capacity in its criminal investigation functions .

The PACED is born out of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and East Timor and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking in drugs. Scheduled to last until December 2019, and with a budget of € 8.4 million (€ 7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and € 1.4 million by Camões, I.P.), of which € 8.05 managed directly by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, I.P., it focuses on actions to strengthen the institutional capacity of the competent authorities at legislative, executive and judicial levels, by promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and best practices among themselves, facilitating the cooperation in all project intervention areas.

The opening ceremony was held on May 7th in Luanda and was attended by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Angola (MJDH), Francisco Queiroz, the Head of the European Union delegation in Angola, Tomáš Uličný and the representative of the Portuguese Embassy in Angola, Teresa Mateus.

In 2017, about 200 judicial magistrates and prosecutors, criminal investigators and officials from the financial intelligence units of the PALOP and East Timor received training thanks to the PACED. This year, in Angola, the objective is to double this number from 60 to 120 professionals better able to prevent and combat crimes of corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular drug trafficking.

Led by Angolan experts who are part of the PALOP and East Timor scholarship package created by the PACED, the actions are promoted with the MJDH, the Attorney General’s Office, the Supreme Court, the Criminal Investigation Service and the Financial Information Unit, with the support of the National Authorizing Officer of Angola – Ministry of Economy and Planning.

With tutoring by the Portuguese Center for Judicial Studies and School of the Judiciary Police, these training centers’ first stage program is on the legal, administrative and procedural instruments most appropriate to this type of crime and, in a second stage, on the scientific methodologies and the development of identification and detection mechanisms.

The PACED is born out of the European Union’s partnership with the PALOP and East Timor and aims to affirm and consolidate the rule of law in these countries, as well as to prevent and combat corruption, money laundering and organized crime, in particular, trafficking in drugs. Scheduled to last until December 2019, and with a budget of € 8.4 million (€ 7 million financed by the European Union under the 10th EDF and € 1.4 million by Camões, I.P.), of which € 8.05 managed directly by Camões – Cooperation and Language Institute, I.P., it focuses on actions to strengthen the institutional capacity of the competent authorities at legislative, executive and judicial levels, by promoting the exchange and sharing of knowledge and best practices among themselves, facilitating the cooperation in all project intervention areas