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Military officials strengthen cooperation at CFAC meeting in the Dominican Republic

Military officials strengthen cooperation at CFAC meeting in the Dominican Republic

By Dialogo
October 29, 2014




Military officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic developed ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises during the recent Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC).

The meeting took place September 23-26 at the Joint Operations Center (COC) of the Dominican Republican, which assumed the presidency of the CFAC in January. The country’s Defense minister, Lt. Gen. William Munoz Delgado Max, and Brig. Gen. Santo Domingo Guerrero welcomed the delegates from the participating countries.

Meetings and presentations


Attendees participated in a series of working groups, discussions of proposals to improve the training and effectiveness of CFAC military forces and presentations relating to security issues that are common to countries in the region. For example, the conference included presentations on “Forecasting and Assessment of the Crime of Human Trafficking” and “Analysis of Trends in Narco-trafficking and How to Confront Them.”

Delegates also participated in a discussion on the theme of “'The Computer Crime and Cyber-​​Defense,” which was conducted by the Department of Investigation of Crimes and High Tech Crime (DICAT) of the Dominican Republic National Police.

The Military Police of the Dominican Republic led a presentation on the Management Model of the Specialist Corps for Tourism Security (CESTUR). Tourism is a major industry in the Dominican Republic, generating about $1 billion (USD) in annual revenue for the country. About 50,000 Dominicans work directly in the hotel industry, mostly in hotels.

Fighting organized crime for 17 years


On the recommendation of the defense ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, CFAC was created in 1997. In November 2007, the military of the Dominican Republic joined CFAC as a full member.

Fighting international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises is a regional issue which requires cooperation among the countries of CFAC.

“There is a sense of shared concern within the societies of these countries,” said Migdonia Ayestas, a security analyst at the Violence Observatory of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace and Security (IUDPAS) in Honduras.



Military officials from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic developed ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises during the recent Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC).

The meeting took place September 23-26 at the Joint Operations Center (COC) of the Dominican Republican, which assumed the presidency of the CFAC in January. The country’s Defense minister, Lt. Gen. William Munoz Delgado Max, and Brig. Gen. Santo Domingo Guerrero welcomed the delegates from the participating countries.

Meetings and presentations


Attendees participated in a series of working groups, discussions of proposals to improve the training and effectiveness of CFAC military forces and presentations relating to security issues that are common to countries in the region. For example, the conference included presentations on “Forecasting and Assessment of the Crime of Human Trafficking” and “Analysis of Trends in Narco-trafficking and How to Confront Them.”

Delegates also participated in a discussion on the theme of “'The Computer Crime and Cyber-​​Defense,” which was conducted by the Department of Investigation of Crimes and High Tech Crime (DICAT) of the Dominican Republic National Police.

The Military Police of the Dominican Republic led a presentation on the Management Model of the Specialist Corps for Tourism Security (CESTUR). Tourism is a major industry in the Dominican Republic, generating about $1 billion (USD) in annual revenue for the country. About 50,000 Dominicans work directly in the hotel industry, mostly in hotels.

Fighting organized crime for 17 years


On the recommendation of the defense ministers of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, CFAC was created in 1997. In November 2007, the military of the Dominican Republic joined CFAC as a full member.

Fighting international drug trafficking and other transnational criminal enterprises is a regional issue which requires cooperation among the countries of CFAC.

“There is a sense of shared concern within the societies of these countries,” said Migdonia Ayestas, a security analyst at the Violence Observatory of the University Institute for Democracy, Peace and Security (IUDPAS) in Honduras.
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