In the framework of implementing the 2021 action plan, on September 30, 2021 the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) Peru, have held a virtual meeting to discuss the story of the Comprehensive and Sustainable Alternative Development success carried out by the Peruvian government. The meeting was attended by high-ranking officials from BNN, DEVIDA, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesian Embassy in Lima.

Comprehensive and Sustainable Alternative Development (DAIS) is an economic empowerment for Peruvian people, especially in rural areas, so that they do not grow medicinal plants as raw materials for their livelihoods, but with government support they cultivate agricultural products with high economic value.

In this case, DEVIDA shared their successful experience in transforming 55,000 hectares of coca land (cocaine raw material) in areas in Peru where people have a tradition of growing coca into areas that produce high economic value agricultural and livestock products such as cocoa, coffee, avocado, bananas, ginger, freshwater fish, and honey.

The success of DEVIDA’s DAIS program in improving the standard of living of the traditional Peruvian community while at the same time making the people stay away from drugs related commodities, made the BNN delegation led by Drs. Puji Sarwono, Deputy of Law and Cooperation, was impressed and eager to learn more about the DAIS program and tips in Peru. The DEVIDA party led by Sr. Willy Venero, Director of Global Engagement DEVIDA welcomed the BNN’s intention.

The collaboration between BNN and DEVIDA was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between BNN – DEVIDA on technical cooperation in eradicating illicit drug production and trafficking, which was signed in Lima, Peru on May 2, 2013. The Indonesian Embassy in Lima has always supported BNN and DEVIDA to continue working together in the future as part of the bilateral friendly relations between Indonesia and Peru.

Source : Indonesian Embassy in Lima

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