Regulatory crimes in most instances occur when a business or any other organisation breach regulations related to their activities that are a legal requirement, but are not prosecuted by the police.
In Africa, regulatory crimes are on the rise despite the regulations that have been put in place by most governments. This is due to gaps in legal and regulatory frameworks, weaknesses in law enforcement capacities and insufficient internal and international cooperation.
In a bid to raise awareness on this topic, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Food & Drug Authority of Ghana, held an informative three-day workshop titled “Effective Prosecution of Regulatory Crime” from 17th – 19th November, 2021.
The workshop was aimed at creating awareness among law enforcement officers from the Food and Drugs Authority, Security Agencies, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Judiciary on the modern trends in Pharmaceutical Crime investigations, intelligence gathering and evidence handling. This would in turn enhance their knowledge and skills on issues of regulatory crime and the capacity to conduct effective prosecution of the crimes.
The workshop was officially opened by Maame Hagan, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for Ghana.
The highly informative and engaging sessions were facilitated by seasoned subject matter experts: Prof Justice Sir Dennis Dominic Adjei, Justice, Court of Appeal Ghana, Dennis Otieno Odero, Head of Crime Investigation and Enforcement Unit, Pharmacy and Poisons Board, Kenya, Dr. Herbert Gustav Yankson, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Director Cybercrime Unit, Ghana Police Service, Supt. David Hukportie, Director Drug Law Enforcement Unit of the CID, Ghana and Vigil Prah-Ashun, Pharmacist at Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Centre for Tobacco Products.
AGA-Africa Programme Board Member Markus Green Esq. brought the successful workshop to a close.