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29 Apr


29 Apr 2024
3 PM - 5:00 PM

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Simultaneous interpretation in both English and French will be provided/Une interprétation simultanée en anglais et en français sera disponible.

Drawing on a range of public research, and ongoing monitoring by the GI-TOC, this roundtable will focus on the intricate dynamics of synthetic drug markets across the African continent, addressing their rapid expansion, devastating impacts, and the urgent need for comprehensive responses.

According to GI-TOC’s Africa Organized Crime Index 2023, the synthetic drug trade has been found to be one of the fastest-growing on the continent, and the non-medical use of tramadol is one of the most notable examples of the substance’s consumption in the region. The diversity of synthetics available greatly taxes law enforcement abilities to detect, identify and seize. Response is significantly hampered, in part, by a lack of evidence regarding the scope and scale of the synthetic drugs market across Africa, which is consistently under-estimated. It is a pivotal moment to take steps to plug this evidence gap, bringing granular data to stakeholders positioned to respond both within, and beyond, the continent.

To enhance your understanding of synthetic drug markets in Africa and enrich the event’s discussion, we invite you to explore the following reports ahead of the event: Global Synthetic Drug Markets: The Present and FutureThe Challenge of Responding to Synthetic Drug Markets: Tramadol in West AfricaA Synthetic Age: The Evolution of Methamphetamine Markets in Eastern and Southern Africaand Changing Tides: The Evolving Illicit Drug Trade in the Western Indian Ocean, which emphasises the role of synthetic cannabinoids. Insights will also be drawn from the Africa Organised Crime Index 2023 report, which underscores the exponential growth of synthetic drug markets in Africa.

This event is organised in the framework of the Drugs and Development Hub, by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC), the Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD), and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, implemented on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and under the political lead of the German Federal Government’s Commissioner for Drug and Addiction Policy.