Drug prevention center in Mekong established

Monday 15/10/2018 15:52

VGP – The Safe Mekong Coordination Centre-Vientiane Capital (SMCC) officially made its debut on October 12 in Vientiane, Laos, with the aim of enhancing close coordination in drug prevention in the region.  

The event attracted the participation of representatives from Laos, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.

Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Public Security and the Commissioner of Drug Control and Supervision, Major General Dr Somvang Thammasith said that the opening of the SMCC is a historical event in the field of drug control in this region. 

It is an important event and a great opportunity for us to share lessons, exchange experiences and intelligence of six member countries, jointly research and find solutions to address drug trafficking, and intercept precursor chemicals in the Golden Triangle area more effectively, he added. 

Earlier in January 2015, the Safe Mekong Coordination Center (SMCC) was launched as a centre to prosecute and block illegal drug smuggling in the region. The SMCC has been established to continue the international cooperation in suppressing the drug network in the Mekong region.

It acts as the informant centre for drugs in each nation. Their data and information is considered by the anti-drugs agencies that operate to suppress and eliminate the core drug network.

By Thuy Dung

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