Scanners to be Installed in Panamanian Ports

The nine cargo scanners with X-ray inspection technology will be installed in ports and customs posts in Panama.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The scanner allows customs agents to determine the contents of containers and vehicles through computer images without opening them.

According to, "The National Customs Authority reported that the installation of the new scanners will cost $24 million."

Zhang Yanfei, manager of Nuctech, the Chinese Company that will install the scanners, said that work would be ready by the end of June.

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Drug Trafficking in Costa Rica on the Rise

April 2009

Life in Mexico is becoming uncomfortable for drug traffickers who find it easy to install themselves and continue their operations in Costa Rica.

According to the Costa Rican Drug Institute (ICD), the confiscation of cocaine rose from 3 thousand tons in 2002 to more than 32 thousand tons in 2007, and this does not appear to be due to increased efficiency of the authorities responsible for traffic enforcement, but merely that Costa Rica has become the passage route by air, sea and land for the drug to United States. It is estimated that the relationship between drugs captured and the total traffic through the country is 1:10.

100.000 Gang Members in Central America

March 2010

Organized crime, especially the one related to drug trafficking, recruits its members in young, marginalized populations.

Antonio María Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), stated that “Central America is very vulnerable to organized crime, due to a series of factors which include underdevelopment, large flow of guns and a young population”.

Guatemala: Businessmen Present Security Plan

October 2009

A plan for combating insecurity will be presented at Enade 2009, the National Businessmen Encounter.

Felipe Bosch, president of Enade's organizing committee, said that insecurity is a bigger problem than economic crisis. He argues that multinational companies have left the country because of the violent environment and high levels of crime, causing loss of jobs and less economic activity.

Costa Rica Applies for $ 132 Million IDB Loan

March 2011

The Government signed a declaration of intent for a loan in order to fund new security programs.

Justice Minister, Hernando Paris, said the funds will be used to strengthen the penitentiary system ($ 74.3 million) and for social programs aimed at young people living in high risk areas.

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