MIL-OSI Translation: Colombia receives state-of-the-art equipment under the Container Control Program

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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –

Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá, September 30, 2021. On September 29, the national entities in charge of port control celebrated the delivery of a technological equipment of six stereomicroscopes to the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA). The donation of these state-of-the-art equipment was made by the United States Counter-Narcotics Affairs and Law Enforcement Section (INL) within the framework of the Global Container Control Program, whose implementation is chaired by the Directorate of Multilateral Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The event, which was held at the ICA facilities, was attended by the General Manager of the Institute, Dr. Deyanira Barrero, as well as representatives from the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the National Navy, the National Police , DIAN, INVIMA and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

There are six microscopes donated by INL, which will be located in the Port Control Units of Buenaventura, Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta and the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá. These instruments will be used to carry out an in-situ and real-time analysis of the sanitary and phytosanitary risks of the containers that pass through Colombian ports.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Presidency and Technical Secretariat of the Implementation Committee of the Container Control Program in Colombia, celebrated the delivery of these equipment, and highlighted that said donation is the result of cooperation and collaboration ties, both inter-institutional and international, by virtue of port control and the strengthening of the commercial legitimacy of the country.

This program, which was extended for two additional years for Colombia in July 2021, is an initiative agreed between the National Government, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) . Its objective is to minimize the exploitation of maritime containers for illicit drug trafficking and other activities of transnational organized crime, as well as the sanitary and phytosanitary risks in trade.

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