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  November 30, 2006

The 40th meeting of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) opens in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, this evening, bringing together national anti-drug commissioners from around the Americas to discuss hemispheric cooperation strategies to reduce illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse.

The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert R. Ramdin, will open the meeting along with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Mauricio Dorfler Ocampo, who is the current CICAD Chairman. This meeting will mark the twentieth anniversary of the hemispheric anti-drug agency.

The three-day conference will hear updates on the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism (MEM), a process to assess progress in the fight against illegal drugs in the hemisphere’s nations and in the region as a whole. The meeting will also discuss reports from experts in combating money laundering and will hear presentations on drug sales over the Internet; policies to eradicate illegal crops in Colombia; challenges in tackling the methamphetamine problem in Mexico; and Brazil’s new drug laws. Among other agenda items, the meeting will consider the role of National Drug Observatories in formulating policy in the Americas and the experience of the European Drug and Drug Addiction Observatory.

Officials from the 34 CICAD member countries will receive reports from the experts groups on chemicals and pharmaceuticals, as well as a report on narcotics laws pertaining to the management of assets seized from money-laundering crimes. They will also consider recommendations contained in CICAD’s 2006 annual report to the OAS General Assembly.

The CICAD meeting in Bolivia will also seek to move forward OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza’s proposal for countries to adopt laws allocating to CICAD less than one percent of assets seized in their jurisdictions for drug-related crimes. Insulza had submitted this proposal to the CICAD last May, urging member states to work on legislative modifications that would make this possible.

At this Santa Cruz meeting, CICAD will also elect a new Chair and Vice Chair for one-year terms.

Reference: E-260/06