Brazil to Invest 37 Million Reais in Border Security Plan
By Dialogo December 15, 2011
The Brazilian federal Ministry of Justice has signed terms for the adhesion of 11 states of the federation to the Strategic Border Plan, which is going to enable access to 37 million reais in resources for investments in security. The plan is being coordinated by the Justice Ministry, in association with Defense, and aims to curb trafficking in weapons and drugs from neighboring countries.
All the states involved have already submitted integration proposals, which are being analyzed by the National Secretariat of Public Safety (SENASP), an agency that coordinates federal actions with the states.
The strategic plan will rely on action by the Armed Forces and other security agencies. Currently, two ongoing operations are taking action against illicit activities in the country’s border regions: Operation Sentinela and Operation Ágata.
According to the Justice Minister, bordering countries have responded positively to Brazil’s plans to fight the trafficking of drugs and arms. He also stated that he has met with representatives of the Justice and Interior ministries of the Mercosur countries, a framework within which important agreements have been signed with the objective of border security. One such example is the agreement between Paraguay and Argentina.
The document of adhesion to the strategic plan was signed by representatives of the following states: Acre Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, and Santa Catarina.