February 7, 2023: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is conducting a training on ‘Undercover and Surveillance Techniques’ in Mauritius this week. This is the DEA’s third training in partnership with law enforcement agencies in Mauritius. A total of six officers from the Anti-Narcotics Bureau of the Seychelles Police Force are participating in the training.
The opening ceremony for the training took place on Monday morning at the Mauritius Revenue Authorities (MRA) headquarters, Port Louis Port Terminal, in the presence of Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Finance Minister Renganaden Padayachy, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Satrajit Sardar, MRA Director-General Sudhamo Lal and Vivekanand Ramburun, the Director of the Customs Department at the MRA.
This initiative is part of the United States government’s Western Indian Ocean Island Nations Counternarcotics Project, which was launched in 2022 to partner with Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros, and Seychelles on enhancing the capacity of law enforcement to work together to combat illicit criminal activity and disrupt drug trafficking networks.
This effort follows the commitments made at the recent U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit to invest, along with our African partners, to implement and sustain security sector capacity and reforms.
During his remarks at the opening ceremony, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires said, “Out of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit emerged a number of key commitments reflecting the strength of the U.S-Africa partnership. This regional effort to work alongside Mauritius and other countries is just one sign of the investments commitment of the United States is making, along with support our African partners, to implement and sustain gains in security.”
In his remarks at the ceremony, Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth said, “I am grateful to the Drug Enforcement Administration for developing the capacity of our officers in the fight against drug trafficking. A training course on Narcotics Investigations was held in February 2018 at the MRA Training Academy and another one on Combatting Drug Trafficking in April 2022. These training courses were highly beneficial to Officers from the Mauritius Police Force, the Forensic Science Laboratory, and Customs. I express my deep gratitude to the US Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US Embassy in Mauritius for their unflinching support in our capacity building endeavors.”
The course will consist of classroom-based instructions and practical exercises, which will simulate a complex drug investigation covering several locations.
Four DEA instructors from Virginia, two DEA agents from Maputo, two DEA agents from Dar es Salaam, one DEA Diversion Manager from Cape Town, and one Regional Representative from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) have come to Mauritius to assist with the training this week. This year, the DEA and law enforcement entities in Mauritius will work side by side with counterparts in Madagascar, Comoros, and Seychelles.