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Annual (fourth) working meeting with liaison officers of observer states, authorized representatives of CARICC member states and partners was held on 14-15 November 2019 in CARICC.

Attending the event were representatives of competent authorities and experts from 30 countries and international organizations. Representatives from Afghanistan, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Mongolia, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom, the United States, UNODC, INTERPOL, OSCE, CSTO, SCO RATS, BKBOP, GCC-CIC and Law Enforcement Academy under the Prosecutor General Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan were also present in addition to CARICC member states.

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Addressing the meeting and delivering welcome speeches during opening ceremony were Mr. Grigory Pustovitov, CARICC Director; Mr. Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Mr. Kim Jong Yang, President of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL); Mr. György Szabo, Head of the OSCE Programme Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan; Mr. Alexander Vadziany, Acting Head of the UNODC Programme Office in Almaty; Mr. Vadim Barchuk, Deputy Director of the SCO RATS Executive Committee; and Mr. Mikhail Melikhov, Adviser to the Department for Countering Challenges and Threats of the CSTO Secretariat..

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A number of bilateral meetings and consultations took place during the event. In particular, the Director of CARICC and the President of Interpol recognized importance of enhancing cooperation and expressed their intention to develop interaction.

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A number of bilateral meetings and consultations took place during the event. In particular, the Director of CARICC and the President of Interpol recognized importance of enhancing cooperation and expressed their intention to develop interaction.

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The working meeting included three sessions. Problems and solutions to the problem of combating drug trafficking via the Internet were discussed at the first session.

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The second session included a comprehensive review of views on countering proliferation of new psychoactive substances and synthetic drugs. The sides considered aspects of joint work within the framework of the CARICC Regional Operation REFLEX.

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During the third session, scope of action to combat laundering (legalization) of drug proceeds was considered. It was recognized that it is important to implement the CARICC Regional Programme DISRUPTION in the area of inflicting economic damage to transnational drug-related crime.

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CARICC staff conducted a training course on information collection and analysis methods using specialized software “i2 iBase” and “i2 Analyst Notebook” at the B.Beysenov Karaganda Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan from 21 to 25 October 2019, with the support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Republic of Kazakhstan (INL) as well as the “Law Enforcement Systems for collection, analysis and exchange of intelligence and other information in the field of combating drugs” Component of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia.
Participants of the training included employees of the B.Beysenov Karaganda Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after B. Beisenov and the M.Esbulatov Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who were trained in methods of collecting and analyzing information using the above software during practical exercises.
On October 25, as part of a field round table on topical issues of new generation personnel training for police, the training was attended by the Chairman of the Public Council on activities of internal affairs bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan academic M.Kogamov and head of the Karaganda Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan A.Darmenov.
Head of Department of DPN of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan B.Nurgaliev and lecturer of the Department of Criminal Proceedings and Criminalistics of the M.Esbulatov Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Baiseitov A.K. informed members of delegation on received knowledge and possibilities of application of the specialized software “i2 iBase” and “i2 Analyst Notebook” in practice.
For his part, academic M.Kogamov proposed to explore hosting an international conference on the topic: “Use of artificial intelligence in ORD”.

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An expert meeting on the regional operation “Substitute. Phase 3” organized by the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries in cooperation with CARICC was held in Almaty on 21 October 2019.
The meeting was attended by representatives of competent authorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan and representatives of UNODC, CARICC and the International Narcotics Control Board.
The event participants reviewed and endorsed draft plan of operation “Substitution. Phase 3” produced by CARICC.
It focuses on detection and interception of smuggled consignments of certain types of precursors destined for production of narcotic drugs.
International Narcotics Control Board expert, in cooperation with representatives of participating States and CARICC, has developed a list of risk indicators of illicit shipments of precursors for use in the operation.
The event resulted in acknowledgement of the need for appropriate action at national level and cooperation at international level in order to identify and investigate diversion of precursors.

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The 15th meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of CARICC Member States chaired by the Republic of Kazakhstan was held on 16 October 2019 in Almaty.
Delegations of national coordinating authorities of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and CARICC attended the meeting.
The Council recommended to elect Major General Rustam Aziz Miralizoda, representing the Republic of Tajikistan, to the post of CARICC director to Heads of CARICC Member States.
The Council recognized importance of accession of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Turkey to the CARICC Agreement, and need to sign the Agreement between member states on exchange and protection of secret information. The Council made recommendations on these matters.
Decisions on rotation of CARICC leadership and organization’s work were also taken.

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 09:49

CARICC Director meets with Swedish delegation

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On 8 October 2019, CARICC hosted a working meeting of the Director of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Traffic of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors with the Swedish Police Authority. The meeting was also attended by CARICC employees and heads of units.
During the meeting, the Swedish police delegation was briefed on the goals and objectives under CARICC mandate, results of its work, operations carried out in the region with the active participation and coordination role of CARICC, and initiatives that are expected to be implemented by CARICC in the near future.
In conclusion of the meeting, the sides recognized the importance of strengthening international cooperation in the fight against illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and indicated their intention to enhance cooperation in the future.

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CARICC delegation headed by its director took part as an observer in the 54th session of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Illicit Drug Traffic and Related Matters in the Near and Middle East in Tashkent from 23 to 27 September.
During the 5-day event representatives and experts from more than 30 countries and international organizations discussed the current situation with regard to regional and sub-regional cooperation in countering drug trafficking and related topics.
Four key themes were addressed by working groups:
- importance of exchange of actionable intelligence and the role of regional cooperation platforms in facilitating that exchange;
- trafficking in synthetic opioids and synthetic cannabinoids and measures to counter such trafficking;
- record levels of opiate production and related challenges;
- practical measures tailored to the specific needs of children and youth to prevent and treat drug abuse among them.
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Discussions highlighted the role of regional centers (such as CARICC and the Gulf Cooperation Council Criminal Information Centre to Combat Drugs) as platforms for collection, analysis and exchange of information on crimes and coordination of multilateral operations.
On the last day of the session, the United Nations Sub-Commission adopted the report of its 54th session, including findings, conclusions and recommendations of working groups.

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CARICC instructor delivered a training course to officers of the Criminal Police Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the use of specialized programs for information analysis from 16 to 20 September 2019 at the Interdepartmental Training Center on Combating Drug Trafficking of the Institute of Postgraduate and Advanced Education of the Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after Makan Yesbulatov,.
The training was arranged and delivered with the support of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Office (INL) of the US Embassy to Kazakhstan.

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CARICC delegation headed by director G.Pustovitov attended the Eurasian Forum on AML/CFT from September 10 to 12, 2019 in Issyk-Kul region, Kyrgyz Republic, organized in accordance with decisions adopted during the 30th Plenary meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG).
On September 11 during session on combating money laundering, the CARICC delegation delivered a presentation on implementation of the CARICC Regional Programme for the Systematic Fight against Organized Drug Crime through weakening its financial resources “DISRUPTION” and presented results of other initiatives aimed at tackling this problem.
The Forum was organized by the EAG Secretariat in partnership with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the State Financial Intelligence Service under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.
The Forum was attended by leading experts in AML/CFT of EAG member states, including representatives of law enforcement agencies, financial intelligence units of the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan, and representatives of observer states in the EAG, international and regional organizations and anti-terrorism entitites.
The Eurasian Forum aimed to share expertise, experience and best practices on the latest developments in investigation of money laundering and terrorism financing cases.

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