The United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the government of Panama, conducted the virtual version of the Interception Course of Arms, Ammunition, Parts and Components (ISAAPC) from August 2 to 6.

The objective of CIAMP is to work with the States of the region in their efforts to reduce and prevent the diversion and illicit trafficking of firearms, ammunition, parts, components and explosives that occur through postal shipments, parcels, packages and luggage, providing specific training for its identification using X-ray technology.

The course is aimed at X-ray scanner operators and support personnel with control and inspection responsibilities at points of entry, exit and transit. This edition had the participation of close to 30 officials belonging to the National Customs Authority, Ministry of the Presidency, National Police, National Border Service and National Aeronaval Service of Panama.

For five days, through a theoretical and practical methodology, the participants received specialized training on the identification of weapons, their parts, components, ammunition and explosives and had access to the training platform developed by the Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications (CASRA) which has a library of threat images prepared by UNLIREC.

This specialized course, developed in line with the United Nations Program of Action on Small Arms, the Arms Trade Treaty and Sustainable Development Goal 16.4, contributes to regional efforts to prevent illicit trafficking in firearms and ammunition, and thus reduces crime related to firearms and armed violence in the Caribbean.

The implementation of this project is possible thanks to the financial support of the Government of Germany.