23 Nov 2022

Cross-border smuggling / North Africa: axis for global cigarette trafficking

The region is ideally located as a site for the transit, sale and consumption of trafficked tobacco.

North Africa is a transit, destination and consumer hub for cigarette trafficking by local organised criminal groups and those from the Sahel, the Gulf and the Balkans. This event profiles new research into the lucrative trade, its many illegal flows and North Africa’s pivotal role in global networks.

In addition to the well-known Maghreb to Europe route, a Europe to North Africa trafficking path is growing, with Balkans operatives playing a key role with counterparts in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

Moderator: Dr Oluwole Ojewale, ENACT Regional Organised Crime Observatory Coordinator – Central Africa, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Dakar

Opening remarks: EU Delegation representative, TBC


  • Abdelkader Abderrahmane, ENACT Senior Researcher, ISS Dakar
  • Marko Vesovic, journalist, member of the Global Initiative Network, Montenegro and winner of the 2022 EU investigative journalism award
  • Dr Max Gallien, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies and International Centre for Tax and Development, United Kingdom

Image: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Event Details

Date: 2022-11-23

Time: 08:00 to 09:30

Venue: Online via Zoom, registration required

Event Enquiry: Wendy Nzima, Phone: +27 78 698 3438, Email: wnzima@issafrica.org

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