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Computer-based training centres open in Viet Nam

Hanoi (Viet Nam), 4 June 2010
- Between 10 and 14 May 2010, three computer-based training centres were opened in Viet Nam-one in Hanoi, one in Ho Chin Minh and one in Da Nang. At the opening ceremony, which took place on 10 May at the Counter-Narcotics Department of the Police, in Hanoi, UNODC formally handed over 30 computers to Vietnamese law enforcement agencies.

Colonel Pham Ngoc Nhat, the Department's Deputy Director, said that "we are grateful and very appreciative of the support given to us by UNODC and look forward to more successful cooperation between our organizations". Also present at the ceremony were Nguyen Tuong Dung, Senior Officer at the UNODC Country Office in Viet Nam, and Rod Curtis, Senior Law Enforcement Adviser at the UNODC Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific.

Over the next three months, the three centres will provide nationwide computer-based intelligence training to over 250 Vietnamese law enforcement officers. Participating Vietnamese law enforcement agencies include the Border Army's Surveillance Department, the Customs Anti-Smuggling Department, the Maritime Police and the Police's Counter-Narcotics Department.

Speaking about the newly opened centres, computer-based training manager Pham Long Bien said that "the computer-based training programme is a great training tool that is both educational and enjoyable".

Since 1999, UNODC has been providing Member States with technical assistance to address a range of issues related to transnational organized crime through computer-based training (CBT). The existing UNODC CBT curriculum contains 78 modules and is available in 18 languages. It is currently being delivered via 300 Centres in 52 countries. More than 100 of these Centres are in South-East Asia and the Pacific. The CBT Unit coordinates and implements operations from the Regional Centre in Bangkok.