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A working meeting was held in Almaty on 21-22 August 2019 to debate on the Concept on CARICC Methodology for Drug Situation Assessment in Member States at the initiative of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, financially supported by the Russian Federation and the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries.
The event gathered heads of information and analytical units of national coordinating authorities and leading specialists in narcology of national drug treatment centers of CARICC Member States, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan, with experts from SCO RATS and UNODC.The meeting focused on drug situation in CARICC member states and countries present at the meeting.
The experts were shown a draft analysis of drug situation in CARICC member states for 2016-2018, prepared by the CARICC in accordance with adopted reporting forms devised under the Concept on the CARICC Methodology for Drug Situation Assessment.
Recommendations were adopted during discussion to supplement draft analysis with more precise data and to elaborate new forms of cooperation working on the Concept.
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On August 16, 2019 at the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC), director of CARICC, Police Colonel Grigory Borisovich Pustovitov, met with deputy head of the Main Department for Drug Control and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Police Colonel Andrei Vyacheslavovich Saladonikov.
During the meeting, parties exchanged information on ongoing work in combating illicit drug trafficking, discussed proven positive experience of the Republic of Belarus, an observer state at CARICC, in countering new psychoactive substances and other synthetic drugs. CARICC director underlined effectiveness of measures taken in the Republic of Belarus to combat drug trafficking, both in legislative and organizational terms. It was emphasized at the meeting that CARICC, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, has been using the software “AIPSIN-ANTINARCOTICS” of a Belarusian company since last year. The parties also discussed the latest trends in drug situation in both the Republic of Belarus and the CARICC region, joint verification measures on specific cases of drug crimes.
CARICC director Grigory Pustovitov informed Andrei Saladonikov about preparations for an international event in the autumn this year, at which CARICC would welcome representatives from the Republic of Belarus.
The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere, during which the parties once again underscored the trend of increased use of the so-called “Northern route” for drug trafficking and, accordingly, the need for close cooperation in all areas of combating drug trafficking.
Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC), with the support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Program of the US Embassy to the Republic of Kazakhstan and the OSCE Programme Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan, hosted a training course for officers of the Department on Combating Drug Trafficking of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan divided into two stages in Almaty from 5 to 16 August 2019.
During the first phase from 5 to 16 August 2019, CARICC instructors conducted third and final training on information collection and analysis methods using “i2 iBase” and “i2 Analyst Notebook” software. Practical exercises focused on telephone conversations and money transactions analysis.
The second stage of the training was held from 12 to 16 August 2019. It was delivered by the Main Department for Drug Control and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, who presented their experience in combating drug trafficking in the country. In addition, information on specifics of the Belarusian legislation in the fight against drug crimes was shared as well as practical training on the Internet using TOR-browser.
Trainees assessed the training as fully in line with functional responsibilities, constructive and useful in their daily work.
The second Meeting of Ministers of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan was held in Almaty on August 8-10, 2019.
The event is part of enhancing security cooperation in the region. The sides discussed matters of cooperation between internal affairs bodies of border regions in preventing theft of property and migration and search for persons.
The participants also discussed results of the anti-drug operation “Pautina”, aimed at suppressing synthetic drugs supply and distribution channels and held in July this year in the Central Asian region.
Ministers of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Lieutenant General Yerlan Turgumbayev; of Tajikistan Colonel General of militia Ramazon Rakhimzoda; of Uzbekistan Major General Pulat Bobozhonov; and representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan and at CARICC Colonel A. Dolosbaev participated in the meeting. Also attending the meeting was Colonel S. Habibulloev, representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan at CARICC.
From July 29 to August 2, 2019 at the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Traffic of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors, instructors from the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior conducted second stage of training course in the format of train-the-trainer on detecting forged travel documents for officers of the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
This event is part of the long-term cooperation of CARICC with the OSCE Programme Office in Nur-Sultan and the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Programme of the U.S. Embassy and the Border Service of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan.
During the event, experts and participants jointly developed recommendations on introduction of a warning system for border guards on cases of forged travel documents discovery.
The third and final phase of the workshop is expected to be held in November this year.
Mr. G.Pustovitov in his capacity as CARICC director attended “Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process” Joint Regional Conference on Counter Terrorism and Counter Narcotics held in Almaty on 22 July 2019.
Conference participants represented anti-drug and foreign policy authorities of Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, the United States of America, Turkey, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan along with a number of international organizations such as UNODC, OSCE, CARICC and CICA.
The conference discussed current situation with regard to drug trafficking and terrorism in the region and regional efforts to combat those threats as well as challenges and prospects of a regional strategy to combat illicit financial flows and financing of terrorism.
Outcome of the conference will serve as a basis for further work to create working mechanisms to strengthen regional cooperation in relevant areas of counter terrorism and drug control.
Mr. Alexay Rogov, Deputy Director of the Department of New Challenges and Threats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, was introduced with CARICC work following the conference.
At invitation of the US Central Command (US CENTCOM) and the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), a CARICC representative participated as an expert in the Central and South Asia Regional Border Security Symposium held in Brno, Czech Republic, from 15 to 19 July 2019.
The symposium was attended by representatives of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan as well as experts from the US FBI, OSCE, Interpol and other international organizations.
The event took the form of targeted plenary sessions, thematic working groups and analytical (staff) exercises.
All students were awarded certificates of a week-long training course following the symposium.
Representatives of the US CENTCOM extended their interest in cooperation and further joint work with CARICC.
Central Asian Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors hosted the international anti-drug operation “Pautina” between 8 and 12 July in Almaty.
The need to consolidate efforts to eradicate drug transit and distribution channels was announced on sidelines of the Astana Summit in 2017. The initiative of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev to conduct the international operation “Pautina” on the territory of the SCO Member States is stated in the Bishkek Declaration of Heads of State of SCO Member States and the SCO Anti-Drug Strategy for 2018-2023.
Representatives of anti-drug units of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and observers from Afghanistan and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime took active part in the operation.
Focus of the operation was on interaction of regional organizations and associations during joint events aimed at combating drug trafficking and coordination of their work.
6.4 tons of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances were seized by the law enforcement authorities in the course of the operation.
From 11 to 14 June 2019, staff of the Information and Analytical Division of CARICC at the Training Center of the Customs Service of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Nur-Sultan) conducted the second stage of training on the use of specialized software “i2 iBase” and “i2 AnalystNotebook” for processing and analysis of information for officers of the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In the course of the training participants were introduced to intricacies of work in Excel and ways of applying appropriate tools or approaches, such as: concepts and methods of data analysis, problems of processing and optimization of information.
Electronic testing for course participants was conducted both before and after the training phase. This helped participants to identify their level of knowledge and to see improvements in skills and abilities.
Certificates of completion and souvenirs were handed over to participants by the UNODC International Programme Coordinator, Mr. Yu. Mr. Kurbonov; head of Political Department of the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Hideaki Yamazumiya and director of the Border Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. D. Dilmanov.
The first stage of training course on practical use of the specialized software “i2” for staff of analytical departments of competent authorities of the Republic of Uzbekistan was conducted by members of the Information and Analytical Division of CARICC in premises of the Faculty of Advanced Training of the Higher Customs Institute of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent) from 17 to 21 June 2019.
This event was organized within Component Initiative “Countering Trafficking of Afghan Opiates via the Northern Route by enhancing Capacity of Key Border Crossings Points and through the establishment of Border Liaison Offices” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia.
Participants assessed the training as fully corresponded to functional duties of trainees and proved to be very constructive and useful in daily service and combat activities of the staff of the above mentioned departments.
The way of presentation of training material by participants of the training is recognized as interesting and easy to use; the way of learning material by solving practical problems directly with the use of specialized software is also noted.
In addition, participants underlined high level of training of trainers and organization of the event.
Director of CARICC G.Pustovitov took part in the annual anti-drug conference held under the auspices of the OSCE on 4 June 2019 in Vienna.
Experts from 160 OSCE participating States, OSCE Partners for co-operation, OSCE executive bodies, international organizations and civil society participated in the conference on “Evolving Threat of Synthetic Drugs: from Addiction to Rehabilitation and Reintegration”.
The problem of combating trafficking in synthetic drugs, including new psychoactive substances (NPS) was discussed, and the current situation with regard to trafficking in synthetic drugs, their availability, including recent trends and threats faced by the international community was reviewed in large by the participants.
During the event G. Pustovitov in his speech unveiled potential and work being done jointly with CARICC Member States in countering trafficking in NPS through the regional operation “REFLEX”.
Conference participants recognized the importance of the problem of proliferation of NPS and acknowledged the need to harmonize regulations in substances control as well as the need to enhance international cooperation in this area.
CARICC delegation led by director G.Pustovitov took part in the 30th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) held on May 27-31, 2019 in Moscow
The event was attended by delegations of EAG member states: Belarus, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and representatives of EAG observer states and observer organizations: Armenia, France, Iran, Italy, Mongolia, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Egmont Group, ATC CIS, UNSC 1267 Committee Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
During EAG observers’ speech on their initiatives in 2018-2019, G.Pustovitov outlined joint efforts with CARICC member states in implementing the Regional Programme “DISRUPTION”.
Working meetings with heads of financial intelligence units of a number of CARICC member states and representatives of international organizations participating in the event were held on the sidelines of the Plenary meeting.