The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Representative for Eastern Africa, Mr Amado Phillip De Andres, called on the Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, on 27 April 2018, at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis.

In a statement Mr Andres underlined that discussions with the Prime Minister focused on drug trafficking and transnational crime as well as the ways to address challenges pertaining to the drug scourge. He underscored the need to strengthen collaboration with Government and for Mauritius to translate into real substantive actions the support being provided by the UNODC.

Moreover, the UNODC Regional Representative recalled the role and position of his organisation in the Global Maritime Crime Programme and underlined its support to regional coordination centres. He also took stock of progress in the finalisation of the National Drug Control Master Plan. Mauritius has a strategic location in the region to interact and cooperate with neighbouring countries, he said.

Speaking about the Global Container Control Programme, Mr Andres pointed out that container profiling is an important part of the solution in the fight against transnational drug trafficking. The implementation of the programme, he said, can help address the alarming increase of drug trafficking in the Indian Ocean, adding that the UNODC will offer its support to Mauritius in the setting up of such a programme.

Source: Government of Mauritius