Weekly security briefing – 09 March to 15 March 2020

Every Monday morning, the Anticip-Risk&Co Group produces a security briefing, reporting and analysing major world events.

This weekly security briefing is specifically intended for business travellers and their supervisors, so that they can anticipate the main risks in their areas of operations. The briefing also offers advice on the right behaviors to adopt.


  1. UNITED-KINGDOM: London – bad weather, disruptions

Heavy rain will smash into Scotland, Wales, northern and central England on March 8th and 9th, 2020. Violent winds, rain, snow and floods are expected.

Expect public transportation delays, disruptions and cancellations in the coming days.

Avoid affected areas and follow official instructions.

Visit the Met Office website to monitor the situation.


  1. MALI: Bamako – legislative elections

The electoral campaign for the legislative elections started on March 8th, 2020. The vote will be held in a tense security environment as the risk of terrorist attacks remains high.

Security measures will be reinforced in the central and northern parts of the country.

Political rallies are likely to cause disruptions.


  1. ITALY: Coronavirus, travel restrictions

Business travellers should delay all non-vital trips to northern Italy (Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria, Piemonte, Trentino-alto Adige).

It is possible that compulsory quarantine measures will be imposed on the above-mentioned regions, and that the travel ban will be extended to other regions.


  1. INDONESIA: Jakarta – Floods, disruptions

Due to recent floods, business travellers should exercise caution in the coming days in the following regions of Indonesia: Jakarta, Western Java and Banten.

Landslides and floods have been reported in the Greater Jakarta area.

Bad weather is announced in Java in the coming days.

New disruptions should be anticipated.


  1. BRAZIL: São Paulo – Deadly landslides

Business travellers going to São Paulo should be aware of the risks posed by landslides.

At least 40 people are missing in Guarujà, Sao Vicente and Santos following strong showers on March 3rd, 2020.

Public transportation and electricity supply will be affected in the coming days.


  1. PAKISTAN: anti-government rallies

Business travellers going to urban centres in Pakistan should avoid anti-government rallies in the coming weeks.

The risk of militant attack is high as terrorist organisations threatened to target the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party leader Fazal-ur-Rehman who might appear at the rallies.


  1. LESOTHO: Maseru – Moshoeshoe’s Day

Several celebrations are planned in Maseru for the Moshoeshoe Day on March 11th, 2020. Moshoeshoe is a public holiday in Lesotho and public services will go on holiday. The public holiday commemorates the first King of Lesotho, Moshoeshoe I.


  1. MAURITIUS: Port-Louis, Independence Day

An official flag raising ceremony, military parades and other activities are planned in Port-Louis.

Security personnel will be deployed in the city centre.

Anticipate travel restrictions that might apply.


  1. GUINEA – legislative elections and constitutional referendum

The country is preparing itself for the legislative elections and the constitutional referendum to be held on March 15th, 2020. Political tensions are already high in the country, and might peak during election time.

Security is reinforced all over the territory with daily and nightly patrols, as well as with the protection of polling stations.

It is advised to avoid rallies and mass gatherings and to exercise caution in Guinea, and especially in the capital city, Conakry.


  1. FRANCE: Paris – municipal elections

Municipal elections will be held on March 15th, 2020. Despite a somewhat troubled start of the campaign in some towns and the coronavirus epidemics, the elections should go on as usual.

Security measures will still be reinforced during the vote.


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