The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) warned today that Mozambique has become a high-volume corridor for illegal substances, particularly heroin, and called for greater international cooperation to prevent this disease.
"Following the improvement of maritime law enforcement capabilities by neighboring Tanzania and Kenya, recent busts suggest that a large volume of illicit products is now being trafficked through Mozambique," said UNODC representative in Mozambique César Guedes.
Guedes expressed his concern about drug trafficking in Mozambique while speaking at the "Seminar on the Creation of a Strategic Plan against Transnational Organized Crime, Drugs and Terrorism."
The Mozambican coast, he added, has become an important gateway for heroin coming from Afghanistan to other parts of the world.
"Heroin smuggling across the country is a major challenge and has the potential to boost the local market," said César Guedes.
To prevent the territory from being used as an illegal drug corridor, the country must focus on intensifying regional and international cooperation.
In this regard, the UNODC representative praised the recent partnership between Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa, which is meant to combat drug trafficking.
César Guedes further stated that the UNODC can provide training, technical assistance and advice in designing policies to fight transnational organized crime.
The "Strategic Plan against Transnational Organized Crime, Drugs and Terrorism," which will emerge from the seminar that began today in Maputo, will allow Mozambique to gather international support in the fight against those practices.
The meeting will last three days and brings together Mozambican government representatives and UNODC experts.