International Conference on Strategic Intelligence against Transnational Illicit Trafficking in Seaports and Airports
The International Conference on Strategic Intelligence against Transnational Illicit Trafficking in Seaports and Airports took place from 24-26 March 2014 in the Headquarters of the National Police of Panama, Republic of Panama. This Conference was organized by the United Nations on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN) jointly with the National Office of Police Intelligence (DNIP) of the Panamanian National Police, in the context of the institutional development framework entitled "Plan Orion". The Conference was attended by 70 representatives of intelligence services working in seaports and/or airports from 22 countries from the Americas, Asia and Europe.
As a specialized agency of the United Nations with a mandate to support Member States in their efforts to prevent and combat transnational organized crime and drug trafficking agency, UNODC is working with the Government of Panama to strengthen its capacities in police intelligence and strategic analysis. In this regard and in order to promote cooperation and collaboration among the countries of the region and the world, as well as its response to organized crime, the Plan Orion Project, with substantive support and guidance from the UNODC Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch based in UNODC headquarters in Vienna, facilitates a series of international and regional conferences on intelligence and analysis on organized crime.
The objective of the International Conference was to encourage discussions on the role of strategic intelligence in the fight against illicit trafficking through ports and airports, as well as to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices in intelligence led-policing at international level. Additionally, the conference also provided an opportunity to discuss international standards, as well as the role of international cooperation in the fight against illicit traffic.