13-14 July UNODC ROPAN collaborates with the National Borders Service (SENAFRONT) of Panama to conduct a Corruption Risk Map on Borders Security
To enhance institutional integrity and accountability along the cocaine route in Latin America and the Caribbean, CRIMJUST and UNODC ROPAN joined efforts to conduct corruption risk maps focused on security border, with the National Police, the National Borders Service and the National Customs Authority in Panama.
With the collaboration of the National Borders Service (SENAFRONT), UNODC ROPAN applied a survey during the change of guard in Darien, Panama (border with Colombia). Additionally, several quarters within the area were visited at key timing to ensure the effectiveness of the operation.
A total of 416 surveys were successfully completed. The findings of the corruption risk maps will showcase challenges and opportunities for technical assistance to Panama.
Additionally, in order to provide technical assistance, UNODC ROPAN coordinated the planning of upcoming study visits to assess challenges and priorities within law enforcement institutions in Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Peru.
Particularly, on 18 July 2017, a study visit to the Inspector General's offices of Colombia and Ecuador was agreed and under organization. Since both countries have important experience managing Observatories of Transparency and Integrity, UNODC ROPAN assessed technical assistance needs, as well as possibilities of mutual collaboration for the region.
Under the framework of the CRIMJUST project funded by European Union Cocaine Route Programme, UNODC and its partners (INTERPOL and TI) aim to assist Member States to enhance their capacity and integrity of criminal justice institutions to detect, investigate, prosecute and adjudicate illicit cocaine trafficking cases, and to foster cooperation at the interregional level for effective action to tackle drug trafficking and related organized crime.
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