Frontex opens risk analysis cell in Lomé

Frontex, the European Border Guard Agency, opened a risk analysis cell in Lomé in cooperation with the Togolese authorities as part of the European Union-funded Africa-Frontex Intelligence Community (AFIC) support project. 

Composed of local analysts, the role of the cell is to collect and analyse strategic data on cross-border crime. This includes information on illegal border crossings, document fraud, trafficking in human beings and other types of cross-border crime and illicit trafficking. The data shared between the national authorities and Frontex will make it possible to produce analyses and recommendations to effectively address cross-border criminal threats.  

For Joaquín Tasso Vilallonga, Ambassador of the European Union to the Togolese Republic, the inauguration of the risk analysis cell will contribute to “defining common and effective responses to cross-border offences”. 

Located within the Ministry of Security and Civil Protection, the Lomé Risk Analysis Cell is the seventh created within the framework of the Africa-Frontex Intelligence Community (AFIC). 

Established in 2010 in response to the growing demand for enhanced cooperation with African countries, AFIC provides a framework for regular information sharing and provides for close cooperation with several countries along major trade routes.