The UN Office on Drugs & Crime(UNODC)- World Customs Organization Container Control Programme Practical Training kicked off today in Walvis Bay.
This training is supported by the EU and forms part of the " Cross Regional Wildlife Conservation Programme". In attendance was: the Erongo Regional Commander Andreas Nelumbu; the Deputy Commissioner Mr Iikuyu; Head of Security of Namport, Mr Gerson James, Deputy Director of Customs & Excise Ms Haihambo and Mr Javier Montano from UNODC
The Container Control Programme (CCP) involved a risk assessment and training of officers from Nampol; the ministry of environment and tourism; directorate of customs and excise and Namport in areas such as practical profiling and risk analysis from advanced cargo information; record keeping and reporting of selection results among others. Very soon this initiative will result in the establishment of a Joint Port Control Unit at Namport. " This Control Unit will significantly cut down on bureaucracy as a container with illegal materials for example can be intercepted; information from Namport's database can be accessed and an arrest can be made. Namibia can now be seen on the global arena as having strong law enforcement in place" said Ms Awanga; the Project Coordinator from Customs & Excise"