UNODC hands over the Display Room at the CNTA to the Afghan Government
April 2012 - UNODC and IOM representatives handed over to the Afghan Government the newly built Display Room at the Counter Narcotics Training Academy in Kabul, at the ceremony held on 1 April 2012.
The Deputy Minister for Counter Narcotics, Lt. General Baz Mohammad Ahmadi said at the inauguration ceremony that this Display Room is an important feature in the education of the CNTA cadre and it will showcase the means and ways of smuggling drugs in Afghanistan.
"This is a state of art Display Room in Afghanistan, which comes as a joint effort of IOM architects and a local construction company. This is more than a Display Room, it is a visual learning center", said Jean-Luc Lemahieu, UNODC Regional Representative for Afghanistan and Neighbouring countries. The Display Room at the Counter Narcotics Training Academy was proposed by the Afghan Ministry of Interior in February 2010 and the construction began in July 2011. The Display Room it is the first of its kind in Afghanistan and showcases various types and forms of seized illicit drugs in order to illustrate numerous ways and methods used by organized criminal networks.
The construction of the Display Room was fully funded by the Government of Canada. Mr. Geoff Gartshore, the acting Deputy Ambassador said at the ceremony that Canada has been a strong supporter of the Counter Narcotics Police Academy.
"We believe that tools like these will further enhance the learning experience at this Academy. I would like to extend my thanks to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for your work on this project and all the work that you do in partnership with the Government of Afghanistan to support the Afghan people and Government to achieve security and stability". said Mr. Gartshore,