Georgia’s achievements in the framework of the United Nations and World Customs Organization project are the focus of the interior minister’s anniversary comments

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The results achieved by Georgia under the Container Control Program – a project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization – were the focus of comments by Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri on Wednesday marking the program’s 10th anniversary.

Gomelauri summarized the findings obtained over the decade, listing cases in which law enforcement agencies seized illegal drugs intended for distribution in Georgia and other countries, the ministry said.

Speaking to the anniversary audience, which included Ashita Mittal, the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Gomelauri stressed that the ministry appreciates the UN office’s efforts and its “fruitful cooperation” with the Georgian authorities.

A memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Finance and Interior of Georgia and the UN was also signed at the anniversary celebration.

The container control program has been implemented in close cooperation between the two ministries since 2012 and aims to improve the control mechanisms for shipping containers from high-risk countries through experience sharing, capacity building and technical development.

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