Event Details

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Creating a Partnership to Fight Illicit Trade

Event Information

Date & time

Thursday, June 7, 2018
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM


Panama City, Panama


Spencer Cresswell at +1-646-250-7012 or scresswell@bciu.org

This event will focus on the national security, rule of law, and economic loss impacts of illicit trade and trafficking in consumer goods, humans, drugs, wildlife, and counterfeit products.  These activities fuel criminal syndicates and terrorist networks and represent a serious threat to communities, national governments, and the international trading system.  This forum will share best practices in halting these illicit trade activities, enabling leaders in government, civil society and the private sector to work together in addressing both the root causes and negative effects of this global issue.

For more information, please contact Spencer Cresswell at scresswell@bciu.org or +1-646-250-7012.

El evento se enfocará en el impacto que tiene el comercio ilícito y el tráfico de bienes de consumo, personas, drogas, vida salvaje y falsificación de productos en la seguridad nacional, la ley y las pérdidas económicas. Estas actividades alimentan a bandas criminales y redes terroristas, y representan una seria amenaza para las comunidades, gobiernos y el sistema internacional de comercio. En este foro se compartirán mejores prácticas para frenar estas actividades ilícitas, permitiendo a líderes de gobierno, sociedad civil y sector privado trabajar juntos para abordar las causas y efectos negativos de este problema global.

Para más información, por favor contactar a Spencer Cresswell a scresswell@bciu.org ó +1-646-250-7012.


2:05 p.m.          Introduction by Irene Mia, Global Editorial Director, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Ms. Mia will present the main findings of the EIU’s most recent “Illicit Trade Environment” Index, which covers 84 countries worldwide.*

2:20 p.m.          Panel 1 (Collaboration in the Fight Against Illicit Trade in Latin America)

  • Marissa Lasso de la Vega, Coordinator of the Alliance Against Illicit Trade, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Panama (confirmed)
  • Cynthia H. Braddon,Head of Communications and Public Policy, Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) (confirmed)
  • Ana Linda Solano, Consultant & Attorney, Economic & Financial Crimes Expert  (confirmed)
  • Eddy Dolan, DHS Regional Attaché, U.S. Embassy Panama (confirmed)
  • David Rivard, Airline Ambassadors (confirmed)
  • Moderator: Irene Mia, Global Editorial Director, The Economist Intelligence Unit (confirmed)

3:00 p.m.          Panel 1 Q&A

3:15 p.m.          Break

3:25 p.m.          Panel 2 (The Threat of Illicit Trade within Free Trade Zones)

  • José Gómez Núñez, Director of Customs, National Customs Authority, Panama (invited)
  • Claudia Maria Gaviria Vasquez, Director of Customs Management, Directorate of Taxes and National Customs (invited)
  • Richard Barathe, Regional Director, United Nations Development Program (invited)
  • Clay Fuller, Jeanne Kirpatrick Fellow, American Enterprise Institute (confirmed)
  • Manuel Grimaldo, Administrator, Free Trade Zone of Colon (confirmed)
  • Chris Martin, Fiscal Crime Liaison, HMRC, United Kingdom / Co-Chair of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (confirmed)
  • Mauro Andino Alarcon, Director General, National Customs Service of Ecuador (invited)
  • Moderator: Alejo Campos, Director Latin America and Caribbean, Crime Stoppers International (confirmed)

4:05 p.m.        Panel 2 Q&A                                     

4:20 p.m.        Conclusion of panels         

4:30 p.m.        Reception                                         

5:30 p.m.        Reception conclusion

*The Global Index evaluated 84 countries around the world on four categories: Government Policy; Supply and Demand; Transparency and Trade; and Customs Environment. This presentation by the EIU at the BCIU forum in Panama City will be part of a worldwide launch of the Index, which will also be featured on June 7 during events in Brussels and Hong Kong.

Reference Links:

OECD: https://euipo.europa.eu/tunnel-web/secure/webdav/guest/document_library/observatory/documents/reports/Trade_in_Counterfeit_Goods_and_Free_Trade_Zones/Trade_in_Counterfeit_Goods_and_Free_Trade_Zones_en.pdf

FATF: http://www.fatf-gafi.org/media/fatf/documents/reports/ML%20vulnerabilities%20of%20Free%20Trade%20Zones.pdf

WEF: http://reports.weforum.org/organized-crime-enablers-2012/

For more information, please contact Spencer Cresswell at scresswell@bciu.org or +1-646-250-7012.