In the spring of 2016, Phillip Morris announced an initiative called PMI Impact to fight tobacco smuggling, and related crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering
and organized crime. PMI Impact has pledged USD $100 million to fund the first three rounds of grants for private, public, and non-governmental organizations.
“Progress against illegal trade requires ideas, resources, and actions — and that’s why we’re excited to launch PMI Impact. We’re especially grateful that distinguished experts have agreed to guide this effort and look forward to broad response to the upcoming request for proposals. In parallel, PMI is continuing to control its own supply chain and to support international protocols against illicit trade,” stated André Calantzopoulos, Chief Executive Officer of PMI Impact.
Luis Moreno Ocampo, is one of seven experts ( http://www.pmi-impact.com/apply/expert ) selected to evaluate proposals. The role of PMI’s independent experts is to select the best and most promising programs for funding. PMI Impact experts will also review progress, results, and ongoing implementation details. The experience and independence of PMI Impact experts is an essential part of the initiative.
Mr. Moreno Ocampo supports the elimination of the consumption of smuggled cigarettes. He believes that tobacco can only be controlled by states when smuggling is not undermining regulations. Anti- smuggling initiatives also provide a pretext for the enforcement of tobacco regulations in general.
After reviewing hundreds of requests as a member of the Expert Council, Mr. Moreno Ocampo noted: “PMI Impact is a unique initiative: 100 million dollars from PMI distributed by an independent group of experts after reviewing hundreds of projects from public and private institutions. This is a cutting edge exercise in global public-private partnerships.”