U.S. Hosts Regional Maritime Sanctions Enforcement Workshop in Manila

March 14, 2023

On February 28 – March 2, 2023, CNS and partner organization VERTIC, with the support of the U.S. Department of State, delivered a workshop for customs, coast guard, and legal officials from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan to strengthen regional capacity to enforce maritime sanctions.

Group photo in a large lobby.

Participants from the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Taiwan attend a U.S. government-sponsored regional maritime sanctions workshop in Manila from February 28 to March 2.

The three-day workshop trained participants on the impact of sanctions on key stakeholders; sanctions evasion tactics; investigative tools and techniques, and best practices in sanctions enforcement. It also included tabletop exercises during which participants applied their newly acquired skills in investigating and preventing sanctions evasion. Workshop activities included a visit to the Philippine National Coast Watch Center for a briefing on the center’s functions and its best practices in countering maritime threats.

The workshop was led by Paulina Izewicz, Project Director for Maritime and Sanctions Compliance, and Cameron Henderson, Research Associate based at CNS’ Washington, DC office.

View the official press release by the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines.

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