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1 PRECURSOR CHEMICALS

2 Current Mandate To suppress the importation and transhipment of illicit drugs into and through Trinidad and Tobago by the development of an integrated interdiction strategy and the co-ordination and facilitation of the efforts of all relevant agencies in the implementation of the strategy.

3 Functions Act as an office for the centralizing of information that could facilitate the detection and prevention of illicit traffic in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor chemicals, for co-ordinating operations for the suppression of illicit trafficking and drug related matters and for co-operating with the Services or the corresponding Services of other countries.

4 National Strategy to Eliminate Illicit Production and Trafficking of Drugs Produced Naturally or Synthetically and to Promote Related Control Measures (2005 – 2009). Approved by Cabinet in Objective 11 requires that the Agency prevent the Diversion of Precursor Chemicals and … Promote the Monitoring of Controlled Drugs… Approved National Strategy

5 Regulating Precursor Chemicals At present Precursor Chemicals are currently regulated under the following Acts of Parliament: Dangerous Drug Act (1991) as amended in 1994 and 2000 Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals Act, 1979 Food and Drugs Act, Chapter 30:01 The following Ministries/Agencies have specific responsibilities: Ministry of Health – Chemistry, Food and Drugs Division, Drugs Inspectorate Ministry of National Security – Strategic Services Agency (SSA), TTPS Ministry of Finance – Customs and Excise Division Installation of the National Drug Control System (NDS) in 2008

6 Relevance to Trinidad & Tobago Domestic Imperatives Trinidad and Tobago possesses a petrochemical sector and other chemical-based industries which use precursor chemicals such as toluene, methyl ethyl ketone and sulphuric acid Trinidad and Tobagos geographic location in relation to drug transhipment routes and illicit drug production centres within the Western Hemisphere.

7 Relevance to Trinidad & Tobago Correspondingly, Trinidad and Tobago has a responsibility to prevent the illegal diversion of precursor chemicals at any stage of the supply chain within its jurisdiction or control. This responsibility is registered in: The 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Anti-Drug Strategy for the Hemisphere (1996)

8 International Convention Requirements The 1988 United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission Anti-Drug Strategy for the Hemisphere (1996) require states and parties to establish mechanisms through their designated national entities to control the import, export, use and diversion of precursor chemicals.

9 Implementing Mechanism With regard to the aforementioned a Precursor Chemical Team was established by Cabinet in Composition: Forensic Science Centre Drug Inspectorate Chemistry Food and Drugs Division Customs and Excise Division Caribbean Financial Action Task Force Ministry of the Attorney General Strategic Services Agency

10 Implementing Mechanism Mandate: Develop a Draft National Precursor Chemical Policy and Strategy Submit Draft Legislation (consistent with UN and Inter- American benchmarks) for the consideration of Cabinet

11 Products of the Team: Products of the Team: Proposed Policy Paper on Precursor Chemicals - this Paper delivers a comprehensive assessment of the current state of institutional and legislative arrangements that exist in Trinidad and Tobago and which primarily recommends the enactment of Precursor Chemical Legislation. Proposed Policy Paper on Precursor Chemicals - this Paper delivers a comprehensive assessment of the current state of institutional and legislative arrangements that exist in Trinidad and Tobago and which primarily recommends the enactment of Precursor Chemical Legislation. Draft Bill of the Act to provide for the monitoring and control of precursor chemicals and other substances - to give effect to this provision a Precursor Chemical Unit will be established within the framework of the Act to function at operational level. Draft Bill of the Act to provide for the monitoring and control of precursor chemicals and other substances - to give effect to this provision a Precursor Chemical Unit will be established within the framework of the Act to function at operational level. Implementing Mechanism

12 In 2007, the Team was mandated by a Committee of Cabinet to review the Policy and Draft Legislation in collaboration with wider stakeholder members such as: Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries Ministry of Trade and Industry Commercial sector entities inclusive of: Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers Association (TTMA), Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce,

13 Current Business Given the urgent need to improve local precursor chemical control, and having regard to the wide body of stakeholders (Government Ministries and the Industrial and Business sectors), that would be affected by the proposed Policy and Legislation, as well as the inherent complexities in reconciling various interests, a decision was taken to adopt a strategic management approach.

14 Current Business The SSA has approached the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to introduce the PRojects IN Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) project management methodology to assist in the fulfilment of Cabinets directive.

15 Expected Outcomes: Completion of the Draft Bill - incorporating expanded commentary of new members of the Precursor Chemical Team. When passed, the Act would represent consolidated legislation that is relevant and implementable across all stakeholder jurisdictions. Establishment of the Precursor Chemical Unit to discharge the functions articulated in the proposed legislation Expected Outcomes

16 THE END Thank You


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