Suriname Signs Global Pact to Improve Container Inspection
On August 22rd Suriname became the second Suriname Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nation to sign on to the UN-supported Container Control Programme (CCP). This global security initiative aims at cracking down on trafficking in drugs, guns and other illegal items and goods in shipping containers.
Suriname’s director for National Security signed a memorandum of understanding with representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to establish a multi/agency unit for the operations. The project is being funded by the United States to the amount of US$500,000. The Suriname government is funding the local operational costs.
The national security chief further disclosed that currently the country is establishing an advanced border management and control system, which will be linked with the databases of Interpol and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
According to the UNODC official, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Dominican Republic are expected to be the next to establish similar control units.