A mission visited Morocco from 8 to 11 December 2009. The mission was carried out by the President of the Board, Professor Dr. Sevil Atasoy, and Board member Dr. Joseph Bediako Asare, accompanied by Ms. Beate Hammond, Drug Control Officer of the INCB Secretariat. The last INCB mission visited Morocco in 2001.
The mission met the Minister for Health, the Minister for Interior, the Governor of the Moroccan province of Taounate as well as several senior officials from the ministries of Health, Interior, Justice, the Customs Administration and the Agency for the Promotion of Economic and Social Development of the Northern Provinces of the Kingdom.
In addition, the mission visited the National Centre for Prevention, Treatment and Research of Addictions, the Laboratory for Research & Technical and Scientific Analyses of the Royal Gendarmerie, and the National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants. The mission also undertook a field visit to the province of Taounate. Deliberations focused on action taken by the Government to implement the provisions of the three international drug control treaties.
The findings of the mission are expected to be reviewed by the Board at its February session in 2010 and will be reflected in the 2010 INCB Annual Report, to be published in early 2011.