Geneva, April 4, 2013
Cotecna signs a security inspection contract with the Republic of Burundi.
On March 29, 2013, Cotecna, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of international trade inspection and security, signed a contract to reinforce the operational capabilities of the National Security and Customs of Burundi.
Over a period of seven years, this Public Private Partnership will enable the deployment of non-intrusive detection technologies (two mobile cargo scanners) and an electronic tracking system that will secure the two major corridors leading to Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi, from Kenya and Tanzania. Whilst ensuring the technical operation of the equipment, Cotecna will train staff to benefit fully from the equipment supplied. Finally, under this Build, Operate, Transfer (BOT) agreement, Cotecna will ensure the transfer of the know-how and necessary skills for the ongoing operation of the systems.
Guillaume Chaize, vice president (Africa) in charge of business development, said: "The Cotecna group is proud to be selected by the Burundian authorities and will deploy its technical expertise to contribute to the fight against the movement of weapons and explosives, Customs fraud and unfair trade. The use of modern technologies will ensure reliable controls, will limit illegal traffic and facilitate the movement of goods."
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Founded in 1974, the Cotecna group offers a number of security and inspection services using state of the art technologies. In the 90’s, Cotecna pioneered the use of cargo scanners for use by Customs in Africa. Through the partnership with Orange, Cotecna now offers a dedicated and unique transit monitoring platform for Customs.