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Friday, 19 November 2021 10:52

Regular working meeting of the steering committees established within the component of the UNODC border liaison programme in Central Asia was held at CARICC

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The annual working meeting of the steering committees established within the component of the UNODC border liaison programme in Central Asia was held from 16 to 17 November 2021 at CARICC in hybrid format.

The working meeting was attended by representatives of border agencies, customs services, Ministries of Internal and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Embassy of Japan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as experts from UNODC Programme Offices in Central Asia and CARICC.

In the course of the event, Ms Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Mr Miralizoda Rustam Aziz, Director of CARICC and Mr Kanata Tomohiro, Deputy Head of the Mission of Japan to the Republic of Kazakhstan delivered welcoming remarks.

The meeting was moderated by Mr. Yusuf Kurbonov, International Coordinator of the UNODC Programme in Central Asia.

During the meeting, the delegations were briefed on implementation of the UNODC Programme component and its impact on border security and cross-border cooperation in the region, activities of the newly established Border Liaison Offices, as well as information on the results achieved, including planned activities envisaged under the Border Cooperation Component.

In accordance with the program of the meeting CARICC employees demonstrated presentations on "CARICC as a leading platform for regional and international cooperation in combating drug trafficking and trans-border drug-related crime" and "CARICC cooperation with the UNODC: results and prospects". 

As the result of the event, the main priorities of competent bodies of Central Asian states in strengthening national borders were identified, and recommendations containing regional response measures, including strategies and plans of joint actions, including further development of the UNODC Programme component involving CARICC potential, were elaborated. 

Participants emphasized the importance of interaction through enhanced international cooperation, exchange of positive experiences and further development of relations in the field of border security and countering transnational drug-related crime.

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