The Africa Prosecutors Association (APA), an organisation of 30 African prosecution authorities, was established in 2003 to enhance cooperation between prosecution agencies and authorities in Africa.
It was established as a response to rising transnational criminal activities in Africa, which undermine not only development, but also good governance, stability and peace on the African continent. Such a regional response is deemed necessary in combatting transnational organised crime and also preventing the continent from being used as a haven for criminals. The APA aims to, among others, uphold the rule of law; assist prosecutors in the fight against serious crimes; promote efficient international cooperation in prosecuting crimes; promote adherence to prosecutorial ethics; and harmonise legislation among states. The APA convenes on an annual basis to entrench its objectives and address the growing challenges facing African prosecutors. The APA is headed by an executive committee, which is elected during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place every two years.
From the first AGM in Durban, South Africa, the APA has aimed to address numerous priorities relating to rule of law and international cooperation in criminal matters. It has sought not only to provide prosecutors with an avenue for exchanges but also to foster judicial independence and ensure national compliance with sub-regional, regional and global legal instruments. The APA annual forums have challenged harmful practices and championed Africa’s adherence to the rule of law at various levels.
The 12th Annual Conference was held in Egypt in 2017 and the 13th Annual Conference and AGM shall be held in Mauritius in 2018.