Monday, 31 October 2022 14:53

CARICC hosted a regular working meeting of the steering committees established under the component to strengthen border cooperation of the UNODC Program for the countries of Central Asia

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On October 27, 2022, on the basis of CARICC, the regular annual working meeting of the steering committees established under the UNODC component of the Border Cooperation Program in Central Asia was held in a 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, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as experts from the UNODC Program Offices in Central Asia and CARICC.

During this event, the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, Ms. Ashita Mittal, the Director of CARICC, Mr. Miralizoda Rustam Aziz, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Jun Yamada, delivered a welcoming speech.

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

During the meeting, delegations provided information on the implementation of the UNODC Program component and its impact on the situation in the field of border security and cross-border cooperation in the region, the activities of the established centers for coordination and monitoring of border interaction offices, as well as information on the results achieved, including planned activities provided under the Border Cooperation Component.

As a result of the event, the main priorities of the competent authorities of the Central Asian states to strengthen state borders were identified, recommendations were developed containing regional responses, including a strategy and joint action plans, including the further development of the UNODC Program component using the potential of CARICC.

The participants stressed the importance of interaction through the expansion of international cooperation, the exchange of positive experience and the further development of relations in the field of border security and combating transnational drug crime.

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