WCO Secretary General welcomes Operation COCAIR 3 experts

28 November 2011

WCO Secretary General welcomes Operation COCAIR 3 experts

Brussels, 28 November 2011


Experts seconded to the Operational Co-ordination Unit (OCU), set up at the WCO Secretariat to oversee the smooth running of Operation COCAIR 3 from 28 November to 4 December 2011, were welcomed by the Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya who commended the team for their commitment and wished the Operation much success.

COCAIR 3 is being coordinated by the WCO in partnership with the European Commission, INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Also playing a key enforcement role are the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Offices (RILOs) for Western Africa, Central Africa and Western Europe.

The Operation is being carried out in some twenty countries in West and Central Africa as well as in Brazil, and is aimed at strengthening anti-drug trafficking mechanisms in 25 international airports to intercept shipments of cocaine and other drugs bound for Europe.

The success of COCAIR3 rests on its three-phase action plan: the use of CENcomm (a WCO secure communication tool tailored to the Operation’s requirements); the organization of a train-the-trainer session at the WCO Regional Training Centre in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo from 7 to 11 November 2011; and the setting up of an OCU at WCO headquarters.