Health Desk-- 17 July, 2018: Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) jointly held the vehicles and equipment handover ceremony to support eradicating illicit drugs in Bangladesh under its “I DREAM it” project.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan was present at the ceremony held in the city. Joe Hyun-Gue, Country Director of KOICA Bangladesh Office, handed over the equipment and keys of vehicles.
The minister expressed his gratitude to the KOICA for their kind support to control narcotics in Bangladesh. He hoped that this project along with Bangladesh Government’s anti-narcotics action plan will help build drug free society.
KOICA in collaboration with DNC, Ministry of Home Affairs is implementing the project with a budget of US$ 4 million in grant aid for 3 years to achieving SDG target 3.5, namely strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse.
Under this project, current business processes of DNC will be analysed as well as reengineered with a development of narcotic-related information management system.
The project is also supporting to upgrade two DNC laboratories in Dhaka and Chittagong and providing with new IT system, drug investigation and drug testing and identification related equipment.
In addition, there will be short-term and medium-term capacity building programme for Bangladeshi relevant officials in Korea for advanced drug management and investigation techniques in order to preventing narcotic-proliferation in Bangladesh.