Impact of COVID-19 on transnational organised crime in East Africa


15:00 – 16:30, GMT+3 (Kenya) 

14:00 – 15:30, GMT+2 (SA)

Restrictions on movement imposed by East African governments to curb the spread of COVID-19 present opportunities and challenges to transnational crime networks. Trafficking in persons, arms and drugs seems to have slowed, while cyber crimes and the black market in medical supplies are growing – testimony to the resilience and adaptability of organised criminal groups.  

This seminar will explore shifting trends in transnational organised crime during the pandemic. Speakers will discuss the likely effects of COVID-19 responses on criminal markets, and long-term repercussions on trafficking and smuggling of persons, drugs, arms and contraband across borders in East Africa.

Chair: Deo Gumba, ENACT Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator for East and Horn of Africa, ISS

Opening Remarks: Representative of the European Union Delegation to Kenya


Simone Haysom, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime/ENACT

John Patrick Broome, Criminal Intelligence Analyst for East Africa, INTERPOL/ENACT

Lucia Bird, Senior Analyst, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime/ENACT

Martin Ewi, Southern Africa Regional Coordinator, Institute for Security Studies/ENACT


Deo Gumba, Phone: + 254 721 381454, Email:  [email protected]  

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