On the 12th of December, following a regular meeting of the National Coordinators Council of CARICC member states, Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic with CARICC, A. Dolosbayev, on behalf of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Police Major-General, U. Israilov, awarded the medals for fruitful and active interaction with the internal affairs bodies of the Kyrgyz Republic in combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, as well as in connection with the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the foundation of CARICC:
- “Sheriktesh” to the Director of CARICC, Colonel G. Pustovitov;
- “Ardak”, to the Deputy Directors of CARICC, Lieutenant-General A. Shayakhmetov, and Colonel S. Safarov;
- “Kyrgyz Milisiaysy 90 Zhyl” to Head of CARICC DCO, Colonel B. Suvanaliyev, and Head of CARICC IAD, Major R. Otkelbayev.
On December 4-5, 2017 representatives of CARICC participated in the thematic and coordination meetings on precursors organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with the participation of the competent authorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
During these events, representatives of the above-mentioned countries highlighted the situation related to illicit trafficking of precursors, and jointly with the UNODC and CARICC developed recommendations on improving approaches to combating their illicit trafficking.
CARICC invited to intensify the information exchange of illicit trafficking of precursors with designated contact persons from the competent authorities of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan.
On the 22nd of November 2017, A. Shayakhmetov, Deputy Director of CARICC, attended the next meeting of the Mini-Dublin Group for the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic, in Astana.
The parties discussed the issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
A. Shayakhmetov presented to the participants of the event information on the major areas of CARICC’s activities, the outcomes of 10 years of work and further prospects of the Center. The report outlines achievements in coordinating the efforts of the competent authorities of member states in the fight against drug-related crime information, analytical and organizational work carried out by the Center.
From 23 to 24 November, CARICC hosted the annual operational meeting of the Steering Committees established under the UNODC Cross-Border Programme for Central Asia (XAC/K22) component.
During the meeting, outcomes of the UNODC’s Cross-Border Cooperation Component Programme in the Central Asian countries were discussed; the needs and priorities of the participating countries to the Programme have been identified related to the protection of state borders and development of cross-border cooperation.
During this event, the practical significance of CARICC was emphasized as part of implementation of the Programme component and the importance of interaction and cooperation with other partner organizations in the region, as well as recommendations for the next year on the further development of the Programme component have been elaborated.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the beneficiary agencies from among the leaders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative in Central Asia, as well as Programme donors, partner organizations and projects.
On the 14th of November 2010, CARICC hosted an operational meeting of representatives of national coordinating and competent authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Russian Federation to debrief the exercise drug controlled delivery.
Representatives of the national coordinating authorities of the above-mentioned member states shared information on the legal framework regulating the organization and implementation of international controlled delivery of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.
The parties also discussed the mechanisms and procedures for approval and implementation of international drug controlled deliveries.
During the period of November 08 to 10, 2017, trainings for officers of the Department of Internal Affairs for Transport of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter - DIAT) in using targeting techniques while ensuring public safety at transport facilities were conducted at the facilities of the Aktyubinsk Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan with the support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Office of OSCE Programmes in Astana with the participation of CARICC and the Association of Psychologists of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The event was organized at DIAT’s initiative to learn possible introduction of a targeting system in the internal affairs bodies at transport, similar to the project being implemented by INL, OSCE and CARICC for the Border Service of the NSC of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The trainers were the experts of CARICC and the Association of Psychologists of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
During the training, instructors conducted classes to identify drug concealments in baggage and cargoes during transportation by air, road and rail, presented information of peculiarities in behavior of suspicious passengers, and the main aspects of countering terrorism and violent extremism in the Republic.
Along with the theoretical part, CARICC’s and the Association of Psychologists of the Republic of Kazakhstan instructors conducted practical exercises to identify revealed and potential risks, as well as to develop risk targeting with regard to drug traffickers and persons involved in the activities of international terrorist and religious extremist organizations.
The training was conducted using various teaching methods - presentations / lectures, blitz surveys, and practical classes in groups.
On November 01-02, 2017, in Tashkent, a CARICC officer participated in the 5th Scientific and Practical Conference of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS).
Thus event was attended by representatives of SCO Secretariat, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, UN Security Council Sanctions Committees, UN Monitoring Group, CIS ATC, Council of the Border Troops Commanders, OSCE, CSTO Secretariat, Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, Secretariat of Meeting for Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia, as well as other anti-terrorist structures of special services and security agencies of SCO member states.
During SCO RATS scientific and practical conference, participants discussed the issues of international cooperation in countering international terrorism, dynamics and trends in the spread of international terrorism at the global and regional levels, the risk of combining transnational drug-related crime with international terrorism, strengthening international border cooperation, countering the use of information and communication technologies and the Internet for terrorist purposes, counteracting the financing of terrorism.
CARICC’s presentation noted the relationship between terrorism and illicit drug trafficking, as well as the use of the Internet space by terrorist organizations and drug-related structures for implementation of their criminal intentions.
As a positive example of CARICC in this area of activity, results of intelligence analysis were noted, during which capacities and capabilities of the Center in the field of counteraction to various types of threats to regional security were revealed.
On November 03, 2017, the delegation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA visited CARICC.
The meeting was held with participation of Mr. Brian Conneely, Deputy Director for the Middle East region, as well as Attaches of DEA Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and the Republic of Tajikistan.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the situation in the field of combating drug-related crime in Central Asia, and outlined joint plans for the nearest future.
Grigory Pustovitov, Director of CARICC, articulated three major areas where there is a need to interact: suppressing the spread of synthetic drugs, countering money laundering derived from illicit drug trafficking, and organizing joint trainings and seminars.
At the end of the meeting, the parties expressed an interest in further strengthening the bilateral cooperation between CARICC and the U.S. DEA.