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Caribbean Forum on Maritime Crime

Santo Domingo, February 22, 2022. A total of 53 delegates from 8 Caribbean countries and 3 regional organizations (Implementation Agency for Crime and Security - IMPACS, Regional Security System -RSS and Caribbean Regional Fishing Mechanism CRFM) celebrated the opening of the Caribbean Forum on Maritime Crime in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The initiative has been developed and implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through the Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) with the support of the Dominican Republic.

The forum was held over three days, from 22 to 25 February, in which UNODC GMCP offered spaces for dialogue to maritime forces operatives and representatives of Caribbean criminal prosecution bodies with the aim of promoting operational and judicial cooperation against maritime crime.

The General Commander of the Dominican Republic Navy, Vice Admiral Ramón Gustavo Betances Hernández, and the Deputy Director of the General Directorate of Customs, Mr. Gabino José Polanco, delivered the opening remarks in which they stressed the commitment of the Dominican Republic in the fight against maritime crime, highlighting the need for multilateral efforts in the fight against transnational organized crime.

UNODC GMCP will continue to provide spaces for dialogue under the Forum, thanking the Dominican Republic for its support throughout the process of creation and continued support in the execution of future events by hosting this initiative.