"As the debate around the private security industry continues, Africa in principle should not be isolated from it, because, if not properly understood, let alone effectively regulated, the industry could cause a major security threat to Africa. As the globalisation process continues to affect the African continent – both negatively and positively – there is a need to engage the private security sector with the understanding that its main purpose is to provide security to the African citizenry, thus ensuring peace and stability. Any engagement beyond this purpose cannot be encouraged.The aim of these country reports, therefore, is to realise the ISS vision of a stable and peaceful Africa, characterised by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy and collaborative security."