zoom A total of eleven of the world’s largest port operators have formally expressed interest in participating in a public bidding for the Port of Corozal, the Panama Canal Authority said on Tuesday.The port, which will be located on the Pacific side of the Canal, is set to play a major role in the development of Panama as the logistic hub of Latin America.“We are thrilled at the sizeable interest we have received so far,” said Panama Canal Administrator/CEO Jorge L. Quijano. “It further demonstrates the demand that exists for service on the Pacific Coast of Panama, a demand which will only grow with the opening of the expanded Canal in 2016.”According to the Port Authority, several of the interested parties are linked to major customers of the Panama Canal, “representing their commitment to the waterway and the desire to develop more port capacity on the Pacific side of Panama.”The companies interested in the bidding process are: Dutch Terminal Investment Limited SA, Germany’s EUROGATE Container Terminal Wilhelmshaven, Carrix, Inc. and affiliates from Manzanillo, USA, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. from Korea, APM Terminals, Ports America, CMA-CGM Group, Taiwan’s Evergreen International Corp., China Shipping Ports Development Co. Ltd. and China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd., Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and Panama Ports Company from China.The Panama Canal Board of Directors formally approved the development and construction of a transshipment port in Panama’s Corozal region at the end of December 2014.Upon completion, the port will have the capacity to handle more than five million TEUs within a 120-hectare area at the Canal’s entrance to the Pacific.
The Handbook on the Management of Violent Extremist Prisoners and the Prevention of Radicalization to Violence in Prisons, launched today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) aims to strengthen key components of prison management, including training of prison staff, risk management and rehabilitation efforts. “It also cautions against generalized assumptions regarding a very complex topic, as well as against ‘quick fix solutions’ when it comes to the management of violent extremist prisoners,” said UNODC in a news release announcing the manual. In addition to loss of life and economic damage, violent extremism – a challenge confronting many countries around the world – can divide communities and give rise to increasingly reactionary and extremist views. On top of these challenges, management of such violent elements who end up in custody of the State is equally important and urgent. Speaking at the launch, the Deputy Executive Director of UNODC, Aldo Lale-Demoz, drew attention to the need to integrate interventions for violent extremist prisoners in broader prison reform efforts. “Overcrowding, poor prison conditions and infrastructure, insufficient prison management capacity as well as corruption, for example, are all factors which will poison attempts to effectively prevent and counter violent extremism in prisons,” he said. Also at the launch event, held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, participants underscored the importance of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners – informally dubbed the Nelson Mandela Rules – for prison management. They added that the overarching framework equally applied to violent extremist prisoners. The Standard Minimum Rules constitute the universally acknowledged minimum standards for the management of prison facilities and the treatment of prisoners. Originally adopted by the UN Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in 1955, the revised Rules were launched in October 2015.