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On November 30, 2022, representatives of CARICC took part online in the regular meeting of the Mini-Dublin Group, organized by the Embassies of Italy to the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The representatives of the Ministries of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as representatives of diplomatic, consular and international organizations accredited in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Kyrgyz Republic attended this meeting.

The Adviser/Head of the Information and Analytical Division of CARICC,
Mr. Azizbek Erkaboev made a welcoming speech, where he informed the meeting participants about the role of the Center in combating international drug trafficking, the current trend in the development of the drug situation in its participating States, and also expressed interest in strengthening cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking.

During the event, the participants presented reviews of the current drug situation in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, discussed issues of bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the field of combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, and also noted priorities and recommendations for further interaction within the framework of the Mini-Dublin group.

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On November 25, 2022, the meeting of the Director of CARICC A. Yazlyev with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V. Khadzhiev took place in Ashgabat.

The meeting was held as part of the participation of the CARICC delegation headed by the Director in the 55th session of the UN Sub-Commission on Illicit Drug Trafficking and Related Issues in the Near and Middle East (November 22-25, Ashgabat).

During the negotiations, the parties discussed topical issues of interaction between CARICC and the competent authorities of Turkmenistan.

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On December 1, 2022, a regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of the CARICC Member States will be held on the basis of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors (hereinafter referred to as CARICC).

The leadership of national coordinating bodies and foreign policy departments of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of CARICC and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime are planning to attend this event.

During the meeting, it is planned to discuss the development of the drug situation in the CARICC member states, the current state and prospects for the development of CARICC for the coming period, the implementation of the CARICC Development Strategy for 2018-2022, financial stability and other issues of the organizational activities of the Center.

In order to prepare documents for the upcoming meeting of the Council of National Coordinators on November 28-29, a meeting of experts of the CARICC member states is planned.

CARICC, as a permanent interstate body, was established under the auspices of the UN to coordinate the efforts of the competent authorities of the CARICC member states in countering transnational drug crime.

The participating states of CARICC are the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The Council of National Coordinators of the CARICC Member States controls over the activities of the Center and determines the main directions of the Organization's activities. The Council of National Coordinators consists of the heads of the coordinating competent bodies of the CARICC member states and the Director of Center.

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On November 25, 2022, representatives of the CARICC took part online in an international Round Table on the topic: "State-legal mechanisms for countering the narcosis of society", organized by the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan in a hybrid format.

The event was attended by heads and employees of the Prosecutor General's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the Prosecutor General's Office and specialized educational institutions of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of the Republic of Belarus and the Kyrgyz Republic.

In accordance with the program of the event, Mr. A.A. Erkaboev, Adviser/Head of the Information and Analytical Department of the CARICC, made a welcoming speech, where he informed the participants of the meeting about the role of the Center in combating international drug trafficking and expressed interest in strengthening cooperation by assisting in the training and advanced training of specialists in countering drug trafficking.

Further, the participants of the round table presented presentations and reports, in particular, on measures taken to improve counteraction to drug crime and drug addiction prevention, problems of drug distribution using digital technologies and the Internet, as well as on the main aspects of detecting and investigating crimes related to illicit drug trafficking.

Following the meeting, the participants stressed the importance of interaction through the expansion of international cooperation, the exchange of positive experience in the fight against drug trafficking and drug addiction prevention, and also developed appropriate recommendations.

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On November 21-25, 2022, meetings of the working groups and the 37th Plenary meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) were held in a hybrid format, which were attended by representatives of the EAG member states, the FATF Secretariat, as well as the states and organizations - observers of the Group.

On November 21, 2022, the representative of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors, Mr. Sh. Komilzoda, took part in the meeting of the Working Group on Typologies and Combating the Financing of Terrorism and Crime, organized via videoconference within the framework of the 37th EAG Plenary meeting.

The Plenary session listened to the 4th progress report of the Kyrgyz Republic with the revision of ratings for technical compliance as part of the 2nd round of EAG mutual assessments and noted the country's progress in improving the AML / CFT system. Rating upgrade agreed on one of the FATF Recommendations. The next progress report will be presented at the 39th EAG Plenary meeting.

Also, the Plenary approved the Plan for minimizing the identified regional ML/TF risks in the Eurasian region, approved the concept notes and started the following typological studies: under the leadership of the Russian Federation, a project included in the priorities of the Russian EAG Chairmanship, on the topic: “Monitoring the risks of using virtual assets for criminal purposes”, as well as under the leadership of the Republic of India, a project on the topic: “Laundering of criminal proceeds from corruption crimes and crimes against the interests of the public service”.

The plenary session gave a positive assessment to the results of the second International Financial Security Olympiad, which was held at the initiative of the Russian Federation from May to October 2022.

The 38th EAG Plenary Meeting will be held in June 2023 in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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According to invitation of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the CARICC delegation headed by Director A. Yazlyev is taking part in the Fifty-fifth Session of the Subcommission on Illicit Drug Trafficking and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East (November 22-25, Ashgabat).

During the event, the Director of CARICC met with the Minister of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan, a member of the Council of National Coordinators of the CARICC member states M. Khydyrov.

At the meeting, CARICC Director A. Yazlyev informed about the main activities of the Center, the results achieved and plans for the near future.

The parties discussed issues of interaction between the competent authorities of Turkmenistan and CARICC through the exchange of information on the drug situation and the fight against cross-border organized drug crime.

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As part of the regional operations "Reflex" and "Substitution", on November 11-13, 2022, CARICC specialists, together with the Mongolian liaison officer at CARICC in Ulaanbaatar, held working meetings with representatives of the competent authorities of Mongolia on expanding cooperation.

Responsible officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Border Guard Service of the MID, the Prosecutor's Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Customs Service under the Ministry of Finance of Mongolia participated in the events organized on the basis of the Ulaanbaatar City Hall.

During the working meetings, the specialists of the Center presented information about the potential of CARICC as an international organization that coordinates the efforts of the member states at the regional level to combat drug trafficking, presented the results of the RO "Reflex-2021" and "Substitution. Phase 2”, as well as plans for the implementation of the next stages of these regional operations aimed at combating the spread of new psychoactive substances, psychotropic substances and other synthetic drugs, as well as identifying and suppressing the smuggling of precursors.

CARICC experts brought to the representatives of the competent authorities of Mongolia the results of the analysis of the emerging drug situation in the Central Asian region and the impact of the military-political situation in Afghanistan on it.

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On November 8 and 9, 2022, in Astana, Kazakhstan, within the framework of the UNODC Regional Program for Afghanistan and neighboring countries (Regional Program), a regular meeting of the Regional Working Group on Forensics and Illicit Drugs was held. The meeting brought together senior forensic experts and law enforcement officials to share best practices in drug analysis and investigation, as well as to plan regional operations and develop joint regional drug investigations. The meeting was attended by 28 experts and officials from Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC) and representatives of the Laboratory and Scientific Support Section (LSS) of UNODC.

At the meeting, the participants shared information about the drug situation in 2021-2022 and major seizures of drugs, spoke about the activities of national forensic laboratories and drug examinations carried out, as well as about the technical aspects and problems of forensic medical examination of new psychoactive substances (NPS).

As a result of the meeting, the countries made proposals for further strengthening regional cooperation in the field of forensic medical examination and countering drug trafficking, expressed interest in joining the UNODC International Joint Exercises (ICE). Participants stressed the importance and success of the now annual Operation Reflex to counter NPS and synthetic drugs, which is coordinated through CARICC and supported by the UNODC Regional Program. In addition, countries emphasized the need for advanced training courses for forensic experts.

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