Protocol on Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking 1996

Date Signed

SADC is aware that the region is being increasingly used as a conduit for drugs destined for international markets and that illicit drug-trafficking generates large financial gains and wealth thus encouraging cross-border criminals and organisations to penetrate, contaminate and corrupt society at all levels. In an attempt to assist in reducing and eventually eliminating drug trafficking, money laundering and abuse of drugs through cooperation among enforcement agencies; SADC developed the Protocol on Combating Illicit Drug Trafficking. The Protocol covers international conventions to which Member States should accede to, guidelines for domestic legislation, cooperation through mutual legal assistance and effective law enforcement. The Protocol also encourages Member States to establish drug demand reduction, institutional programmes and effective measures between enforcement agencies to curb corruption.