Lessons from Collaborating Against Illicit Trade in Latin America




Over the past four weeks, STOP: ILLEGAL has heard from four leading anti-illicit trade experts in our video series ‘Collaborating Against Illicit Trade in Latin America’:

– Alain Vermaut (PMI’s Head of Illicit Trade Prevention, Latin America & Canada)Stamping out Latin America’s illicit trade problem

– David Luna (former US diplomat, and CEO & Founder of Luna Global Networks)Latin America’s illicit trade-fuelled violence can be stemmed by cooperation

– Alejo Campos (Director, Crime Stoppers Latin America, Caribbean and Bermuda)Model Law unifies Latin American governments in response against illicit trade

– Werner Ovalle (Guatemala’s Head of Customs, and Vice-Chair for the WCO Americas & Caribbean region)How to Stop Latin America’s Contraband Crisis

Taking from their immense experience spanning the private, public and NGO sectors, each expert provided a fresh insight into the impact that the issue of illicit trade is having on Latin America. More crucially, they gave their thoughts on what needs to be done to help combat the issue more effectively across the region.

Top of mind for each interviewee was the need for greater collaboration across the entire continent and across all sectors, as well as a more forward-thinking regulatory environment. And one of the examples highlighted was the recently approved Model Law to Combat Illicit Trade and Transnational Organized Crime by the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino).

Here’s what have we learned over the past month:

Illicit trade is a real and growing threat to Latin American society and security.

Alain Vermaut on the scale of the illicit tobacco issue in Latin America 

David Luna on the links between illicit trade and Latin America’s criminal networks

Progress is being made in tackling the issue.

Alejo Campos on the success of Parlatino’s Model Law

Werner Ovalle on the need for cooperation on building regulatory frameworks across the continent

More needs to be done in harnessing public-private partnerships.

David Luna on the need for multi-sector collaboration

Alain Vermaut on the need for public-private partnerships

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