UNODC Paraguay renews Convention of Implementation of Global Container Control Programme

Signing of the agreement

Asunción, 19 January 2015 - On January 6 th, the National Customs Directorate (DNA), the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (Senad), the National Police and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Paraguay, signed the renewal of a three years cooperation agreement for the implementation of the Global Container Control Programme (GCCP), driven by global UNODC and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

On the occasion, Nelson Valiente, Director of DNA, stressed the importance of programme tasks such as the prevention, control and intervention in combating transnational crimes by the institutions involved. He also stated that, in this context, that in 2014 a significant amount of cocaine and cocaine base was seized, thus confirming the effectiveness of the implementation of actions.       

Furthermore, José Manuel Martínez, Senior Advisor to the UNODC Paraguay, stressed that the GCCP allows the establishment of working models and modes of action tailored to the performance of each country, promoting the strengthening of institutions and national capacities to address these problems, also taking advantage of international experience. In this regard, he pointed the active participation of Paraguay in this network.

The Deputy Minister of Senad, Nancy Delvalle, and the Principal Commander Commissioner of the National Police, Francisco Pastor Alvarenga, also attended the event.

Notably, the Global Container Control Programme (GCCP), running in the country since 2011, aims to promote actions for inspection and detection of illicit goods internationally transported through containers. Thus, the application facilitates the combat of crime and illegal drug trafficking and weapons smuggling, counterfeiting, among others. Currently, it is operated in over 19 countries worldwide.

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