Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
May 10, 2010

Program Goals

Mozambique is the southern Africa “middleman,” providing a transit route for African and Asian criminal activities including trafficking in narcotics, persons and other contraband, as well as alien smuggling, money laundering, and financial crime. The goal of the INL Border Security Program is to improve border control at land borders and seaports of entry. Improved detection techniques and training will lead to a reduction in human trafficking and illegal migrants, increased seizures of narcotics and other contraband, and increased customs revenue collection.

Program Components/Accomplishments

  • Border Security Program: A Border Security Program started in 2005 utilized INL funding to enhance the capability of point of entry-based immigration, customs, and law enforcement units to interdict criminal elements, and to quickly and accurately share that information with relevant agencies. Future INL support will provide technical assistance to Mozambican customs and other law enforcement entities on border control and detection techniques at land ports of entry.

  • Criminal Justice Sector Reform: Since 2001, an INL-funded Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) has provided advice on anti-corruption matters to the Government of Mozambique. The ILA has analyzed anti-corruption laws, worked with the Attorney General’s Office to create an anti-corruption task force, conducted a wide range of training programs for prosecutors and investigators, advised American entities (Embassy and USAID) and a consortium of international donors on justice sectors issues, and assisted various State Department and U.S. Commerce Department officials on temporary missions to Mozambique to implement their programs. Future INL support will provide continued assistance to the ILA’s criminal justice sector reform efforts.

Funding FY 2008-2010

  • FY 2008 - $0 (INCLE)
  • FY 2009 - $0 (INCLE)
  • FY 2010 - $300,000 (INCLE)

INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds