The Government of India has funded a drug law enforcement regional project that aims at strengthening the regional training capacities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. This is sought to be achieved by utilising the services and infrastructure of the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics (NACEN), India, as a Regional Resource Centre. The project also seeks to promote national and regional cooperation and coordination mechanisms, in the area of drugs and related crime.
The first Project Steering Committee (PSC) meeting of the project was held on 02 August 2008, which was attended by Competent National Authorities of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Director General, NACEN, also attended the meeting.
The meeting decided to identify training expertise to develop course curriculum after assessing the requirements of each country. It also agreed on a time table to conduct two Training of Trainer programmes, two regional programmes and two national training programmes in each of the member countries. National programmes are to be conducted by member countries themselves with support from UNODC. Significantly, the project also addresses the issue of pharmaceutical abuse in the region. Member states were requested to indicate their suggestions on the issues for discussions and modalities for conducting this activity.