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UNODC Launches its Component of the Project "Cooperation on Safety Issues with Panama

On Friday 21 February 2014 the UNODC Component of the Project "Cooperation on Safety Issues with Panama " was launched during a ceremony which took place at the Simon Bolivar Room, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The SECOPA Project is an initiative funded by the European Union and will be co-implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Central America and the Caribbean in Panama (UNODC ROPAN) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), in an effort to support the implementation of Panama´s National Security Strategy. In this regard, the UNODC Project Component focuses on four strategic areas: (i) Strengthening of the Public Ministry; (ii) Establishment of a Centre of Excellence on Drug and Crime Statistics;  (iii) Supporting the reform of the prison system in Panama and ( iv ) the establishment of a National Intelligence Platform.

During the launch, the main lines of work of the UNODC component UNODC were presented to the audience which included various Panamanian authorities, including: His Excellency Jose Raul Mulino, Minister of Public Security; His Excellency Jorge Ricardo Fabrega, Minister of Government; His Excellency Mayra Arosemena, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; the Honourable Ana Belfon, Attorney General of the Nation; and, the Honourable Alejandro Garúz, Executive Secretary of the National Security Council; His Excellency Ambassador Javier Sandomingo, Head of the Delegation for the European Union in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, and to the System of Central American Integration; and Mr. Amado Philip de Andrés , UNODC Regional Representative for Central America and the Caribbean.