Togo is working on an anti-drug policy for the 2020-2024 period

Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:49
Togo is working on an anti-drug policy for the 2020-2024 period

(Togo First) - A three-day workshop was started last Tuesday by Togolese authorities to develop an anti-drug policy for the 2020-2024 period. If validated, implementing the new strategy should cost $21 million.

The new policy "focuses mainly on reinforcing the system of coordination designed to fight drugs, improve upon related repression and law enforcement operations, as well as any associated legal component." This was disclosed by Lieutenant-Colonel Amayi Kossi, Permanent Secretary of Togo's Anti-Drugs Committee. According to the official, the plan, which will span four years, will also involve "freezing and confiscation of criminals' assets."

At the launch of the workshop, the minister of civil security, Yark Damehane, who was present recalled some of the efforts made by the country to fight drugs. This includes the implementation in 2011 of the Mixt Unit for Container Control (UMCC) at the Port of Lomé, the creation in 2012 of the Anti-Trafficking Airport Cell at Lomé's airport, as well as the reinforcement of the legal framework for the fight against money laundering and terrorism funding.

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