The event was organized by the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), and the reports were made by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, SAR, Republic of Kongo, National police of the SAR, ministries of ore mining industry and energy of Latin American countries, world’s leading metal manufacturers.
Norilsk Nickel was represented at the meeting by its Vice-President and Head of the company’s Corporate Security Unit, Chairman of the Security Committee of the International Platinum Group Metals Association, Vladislav Gasumyanov. He delivered a report On the Practice of Engaging Private-Public Partnerships to Combat Illicit Trafficking In Non-Ferrous And Precious Metals At an International Level. In his speech Vladislav Gasumyanov drawn the attention of the participants to legal aspects of international combatting the illicit trafficking in metals: “Implementation of our initiatives to solve the global problem of illicit trafficking in non-ferrous metals is only possible in the form of public-private partnerships as combatting the transnational organized crime and terrorism is a prerogative of states and law-enforcement bodies”.
As a practical example, Vladislav Gasumyanov mentioned the Cooperation Agreement between Norilsk Nickel and the Federal Customs Service of Russia signed of 2015 that provides for joint development of ways to detect illegal movement of metal-containing materials across the border when arranging for control at border customhouses.
Participants of the meeting also discussed issues of production enterprises’ protection and strengthening of security of supply chains. Issues such as human rights violation, child abuse, deforestation and environment pollution have also been tackled.
The meeting in Capetown was a landmark event: UNICRI experts presented the first results of research of ties between transnational organized crime and illicit trafficking of non-ferrous metals. The research is being conducted in accordance with a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council adopted in 2013 under the initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the SAR and MMC Norilsk Nickel. When presenting the UNICRI report Leif Villadsen, Deputy Director of the
Institute, noted that one of the main objectives at the first stage of the research was the development of mechanisms for international cooperation between manufacturers of non-ferrous metals and public authorities of participating countries with UN and OSCE structures being involved. According to Vladislav Gasumyanov, Norilsk Nickel’s positive experience in this sphere can be considered as a model one and the company is ready to share it with all interested parties.