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» CASE STUDY: JAMAICA
Jamaica-U.N. Sign MOU to Improve Port Security
n November 2012, Jamaica signed
a Memorandum of Understanding
with the United Nations Office of
Drugs and Crime and the World
Customs Organization Container Control
Programme. By doing so, Jamaica became
the first country in the Caribbean to join
the U.S. and Canadian-funded program.
The agreement will strengthen the
country's ability to process containers that
pass through the nation's ports, minimizing legal activities and increasing security.
The UNODC will provide technical assistance, analytics tools, computer stations
and other equipment to the ports to help
identify illicit goods.
"Some 90 percent of international trade
is represented by container flows, and less
than 2 percent of these flows are inspected.
This leaves significant room for the corruption of the cargo, and it allows for organized
criminal activities to thrive," Phillips told
the Jamaica Observer at the time the MOU
The agreement will strengthen the country's
ability to process containers that pass through
the nation's ports, minimizing legal activities and
increasing security. The UNODC will provide
technical assistance, analytics tools, computer
stations and other equipment to the ports to help
identify illicit goods.
The programme will be implemented at
the Kingston and Montego Bay ports. Part
of the initiative includes the development of
a dedicated inter-agency container-profiling
unit, comprised personnel from Customs,
the Port Authority of Jamaica and members
of the security forces.
On hand during the signing were
Jamaica's Finance and Planning Minister
Dr. Peter Phillips and U.N. Programme
Manager Troels Vester, as well as
Canadian High Commissioner Robert
Ready and United States Ambassador
The Container Control Programme,
launched in 2003, was developed jointly
by UNODC and the WCO to assist governments to create sustainable enforcement structures in selected seaports in
order to minimize the risk of shipping
containers being exploited for illicit
drug trafficking, transnational organized
crime and other forms of black market activity.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013
From the President’s Desk
Securing Seaport Cyberspace
Ces Operators Work in Partnership With Port Communities
Radar Technology Opens Up for All Ports
Mccs Keep Ports Running in Case of Emergency
Seaport Industry Gathers in Central Florida for Aapa Annual Convention
Forging His Own Path
All States Depend on Maritime Trade Growth
Maritime Security: 10 Years of Partnerships
Cybersecurity a Growing Threat to Maritime Security
Port Metro Vancouver Announces Funding for Security Expansion
Jamaica-U.n. Sign Mou to Improve Port Security
Integrated Management System Addresses Security at Bahia Blanca
Coastal Trident Training Program Tests Hueneme’s Preparedness
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013