Intelligence agents team up with South Koreans despite Ematum scandal

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GIPS, an offshoot of Mozambique’s intelligence services, has created a new security firm with South Korean partners.

Gestao de Investimentos, Participaçoes e Serviços (GIPS), which was established by SERSSE, the welfare services arm of the SISE – Mozambique’s main intelligence service – is still active in the security sector.

Despite the scandal which has swirled for months around Ematum, Proindicus and MAM – of which GIPS is a shareholder – over loans taken out in secret in order to buy military equipment, GIPS set up a new company in Maputo in late 2016: GG Mozambique Group. The official purpose of this firm is to provide services in the sectors not only of security but also agriculture, tourism and real estate.

In this new firm GIPS has partners who are specialists in private security in the form of South Korean firm GIG Korea Co. and South Korean national Choi Seung-gab.

GIG is a subsidiary of GIG Group (Global Intelligence Group) which is headed by Choi Seung-gab and based in Seoul. GIG Korea Co. itself specializes in supplying security equipment such as metal detectors and scanners.

Outside South Korea, the GIG Group was also active in the Middle East, where it used to protect Jordan’s royal

family. Aside from security, the firm works in the fields of defense, construction and energy.

Before GG Mozambique Group, the parent company set up another firm in Mozambique in January 2015: G-Root, which specializes in the mining sector and is based in Tete, a hub for the industry. The company is also planning to set up a security training school in Maputo.

This association between Mozambique’s secret services and their new South Korean partners began in November when the head of SISE visited the GIG Group in Seoul.

Source: Africa Intelligence

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