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WEBCAST: The Impact of COVID-19 on Illicit Trade Networks

AS/COA hosts a discussion of how transnational organized crime groups and illegal markets are evolving amid the pandemic.

This program was livestreamed on this page on April 20, 2021.

You can also watch this event on Twitter and YouTube.

In 2020 illicit trade cost the world over $2.2 trillion, as the pandemic provided transnational organized crime groups new opportunities to traffic in everything from illicit consumer goods to face masks and medicine. How is COVID-19 changing the nature of illicit trade? What are the risks at a time when governments are desperate for revenue and extra resources? How can illicit trade best be curbed at a time when authorities have so many other priorities? Experts will share best practices as they discuss the lessons the pandemic has taught us thus far. This event was hosted by:

Speakers:

  • Angélica Durán-Martínez, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  • Fernando Vieira, External Affairs Director, Philip Morris Brazil
  • Maurício Vieira, Chair on Combating and Preventing Illicit Trade and Transnational Organized Crime, University for Peace @mauric_
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief at Americas Quarterly @brazilbrian (moderator)


Tags: Events, Illicit trade, Transnational Organized Crime
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