UNODC delivers technological equipment to strengthen and modernize the State Attorney General's Office

La Paz, December 20, 2021 (United Nations) - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) delivered technological equipment to modernize and strengthen the Attorney General's Office, especially in the areas of combating drug trafficking and organized crime, making law enforcement more effective.

Thierry Rostan, UNODC Representative in Bolivia, Juan Lanchipa Ponce, Attorney General of Bolivia, William Alave Laura, Departmental Prosecutor of La Paz, and other authorities of the Attorney General's Office attended the event.

Upon the occasion, Mr. Lanchipa thanked him for the cooperation and the delivery of the equipment that will be very useful for the specialized prosecutors, especially in controlled substances.

Mr. Rostan, for his part, expressed UNODC's commitment to continue providing technical assistance to the Office of the Prosecutor General and to follow up the institutional consolidation efforts conducted by the Office of the Prosecutor General itself.

This delivery takes place within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Attorney General's Office and the UNODC in November last year. The donated equipment has an approximate value of US$ 60 thousand (Bs. 420,000.00).

The equipment delivered included 44 external hard disks, 17 laser printers, and a Data Show projector. There is also a commitment to provide an additional 21 laptop computers. These will allow advancing in a phase of digitization of archives and court records that will generate efficiency in locating documents, saving resources such as paper, archive space, among other benefits of digitization.

UNODC conducted a range of actions within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed to strengthen the Prosecutor's Office. Workshops, dialogs, technical roundtables, missions, case forums, and consultancies were organized to enhance the fight against drug trafficking, human trafficking, and crimes against wildlife and forests. They also addressed the fight against illicit arms trafficking, against the legitimacy of illicit profits, and the enforcement of the loss of ownership application.