INTERPOL workshop in Ecuador aims to boost regional efforts against trafficking in illicit goods
QUITO, Ecuador – INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme has delivered a training workshop in the Ecuadorian capital to enhance the ability of law enforcement forces in South America to combat all types of illicit trade in the region.
With the support of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in partnership with the National Police of Ecuador, the 5-day workshop (27-31 August) gathered 45 representatives from police, customs, prosecuting authorities and intellectual property offices from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru.
International experts from the USPTO and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as regional and national investigators and representatives from the private sector (representing the cigarette, software and textile industries amongst others) came to share new trends and new methodologies with the participants to better combat transnational illicit trafficking in South America.
The workshop also included on-site visits to Quito Airport and to the Ecuadorian National Police Forensic Laboratory to learn about the different investigative techniques used by intellectual property and illicit trade investigators.
With illicit trade increasingly endangering public health and economies in the region, INTERPOL’s workshop and capacity-building phase will be followed by regional operations focused on South America and beyond in 2013.