The Security Commission of Central America met this Friday in Guatemala, which holds the pro tempore presidency of the Central American Integration System (CAIS), to begin the criminal investigation project in the countries of the region.
The Security Commission is made up of the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Public Security and Governance of the CAIS member countries, who celebrated the beginning of the ICRIME project "Strengthening Criminal Investigation in the SICA countries".
This program will be implemented from 2019 to 2023 as part of the Central American Security Strategy (CASS) and its objective is to increase the effectiveness of criminal justice in the pursuit of organized crime and drug trafficking internationally.
This through actions such as "the improvement of the capabilities of the research units and forensic institutes and regional networks, operations development and joint regional investigations against international crime that contribute to the dismantling of regional criminal structures", among others.
The project will be executed by the general secretariat of CAIS with funds from the European Union and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID).
In this regard, the General Secretary of CAIS, Vinicio Cerezo, stressed "the prevailing need to work together with all the countries of the region to develop articulated projects focused on addressing issues such as migration, drug trafficking and organized crime".
"If we want at some point to promote Central America as a region of opportunities and to provoke a sustained, inclusive and participatory development by all the actors of the population, we definitely have to give special importance to security in our countries", he proclaimed.
In this meeting, which was held behind closed doors, the countries also reiterated their commitment to establish a joint working group for this security commission with the Central American and Caribbean Judicial Council (CACJC).
This is to deal with other issues such as cybercrime, restorative justice and inter-institutional coordination.
The CAIS, constituted in 1991, is composed of Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and the Dominican Republic and has 27 regional and extraregional observer countries.