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An annual working meeting of Steering Committees established under Border Cooperation component of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia was held in CARICC from 11th to 12th of December, 2018.
The working meeting drew together representatives of border guard agencies, customs services, ministries of internal and foreign affairs, of the Republic of Kazakhstan, of the Kyrgyz Republic, of the Republic of Tajikistan, of Turkmenistan, of the Republic of Uzbekistan, as well as experts from the OSCE, UNODC Programme Offices in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and CARICC.
During the meeting, delegations provided information on implementation of the Border Cooperation component of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia and its impact on the situation in border security and cross-border cooperation in the region, on the activities of centers established for coordination and monitoring of border liaison offices.
CARICC presented on practical relevance of the Centre as part of implementation of the Border Cooperation component of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia.
Towards the conclusion, parties defined priorities of competent authorities of Central Asian states in the field of state border protection and development of cross-border interaction, and made recommendations for further development of the component of the UNODC Programme with active involvement of CARICC.
Zh. Suleimenov, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan met with D. Nazarmukhamedov, First Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan in a working meeting in the premises of CARICC on December 11th, 2018.
CARICC briefed delegations on main directions of the Centre’s work and discussed issues of cooperation with competent bodies in countering drug smuggling.
Upon the conclusion, the parties expressed intention to further strengthen and develop cooperation in combating drug trafficking.
Between December 3 and 5, 2018 CARICC took part in a joint workshop on typologies of the Eurasian (EAG) and Asia-Pacific (APG) groups (networks) on countering money laundering in Novosibirsk (Russia).
The event was attended by: 1) delegations from the EAG Member States: Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan; 2) delegations from the APG Member States: Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, East Timor, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Pakistan, Korea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Japan; 3) international organizations: FATF, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, Interpol, CARICC; 4) private sector: representatives of the banking sector, non-governmental organizations regulating financial technologies.
During the event, representatives of the EAG and APG member states presented and exchanged experience based on examples of practices in the area of combating money laundering and financing of terrorism.
The event resulted in participants developing appropriate recommendations on countering laundering of criminal proceeds using virtual assets, financing of terrorism and human trafficking during work in three sections.
G. Pustovitov, Director of CARICC, held a working meeting with J. Callahan, Senior Law Enforcement Program Advisor of the United States’ Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on 3rd of December, 2018. Also attending the meeting were M. Karpenkopf, Attache of the US Ministry of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration’s Regional Office in Almaty and R. Pitts, Head of UNODC Programme Office in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In the course of the meeting, parties discussed prospects for expansion of geography of the Centre through accession of interested states as full participants and observers, CARICC funding, as well as rotation of deputy directors of the Center.
The Center delivered a presentation on the work in the field of information analysis.
Following the results of the meeting, parties reached an agreement on further cooperation and interaction.
From 26th to 30th of November 2018 analysts of the Information and Analytical Division of CARICC held the first stage of training for staff of Departments for Combating Drug Trafficking of Police Departments on Transport; of Astana and Almaty cities and regions, as well as of the Department for Combating Drug Trafficking and Drug Control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on acquiring new skills and practical application of specialized software “i2 iBase” and “i2 AnalystNotebook”.
During the training, CARICC staff provided detailed information on data systematization in the MS Excel spreadsheet editor and tools for processing and uploading to database, preparing data matrices. Also they presented insight on the use of individual functions of the specialized software "i2".
Following theoretical lectures representatives of CARICC conducted practical exercises with target group.
Between 28th and 29th of November 2018, a regional expert meeting was held in Almaty under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Programme for Central Asia component “Drug law enforcement systems for criminal intelligence collection, analysis and exchange”.
The purpose of the event was to assist in strengthening cooperation of analytical units in solving crimes related to drug trafficking.
The expert meeting is also aimed at strengthening interaction of analytical units of law enforcement agencies, as well as using capabilities of law enforcement training centers for conducting courses in operational and strategic analysis.
The event was attended by members of analytical divisions of coordinating bodies responsible for countering drug trafficking of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan; representatives of UNODC offices in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan; representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, of the DCA and of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Tajikistan at CARICC; as well as analysts of the Centre.
Based on the results of the event, parties developed and reached an agreement on implementation of joint recommendations.
CARICC, with support of the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries hosted a working meeting to discuss the Concept on methodology for assessment of drug situation in CARICC participating states on November 21-22, 2018.
The event was attended by heads of information and analytical units of national coordinating bodies and leading experts in narcology at national drug treatment centers of CARICC participating states, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan.
Representatives of the Centre delivered presentations on the Concept on methodology for assessment of drug situation in CARICC participating states.
The parties discussed proposals to be accounted for in the final format and mechanism for implementation of this Concept.
Between November 13 and 15, 2018, director of CARICC, G.Pustovitov took part in the meeting of the Expert Working Group of the Paris Pact Initiative on Regional Cooperation, hosted by the Secretariat of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing, China.
The event drew together 60 delegates at the level of leaders and senior officials from 18 countries and 10 international organizations.
During the three-day meeting, delegates discussed advanced methods to dismantle international drug trafficking in the world and combating cross-border drug-related crime and exchanged information on best practices.
Towards conclusion of the event, the expert working group of the Paris Pact Initiative on Regional Cooperation identified priority recommendations for all participants.
It was recommended that regional and international law enforcement organizations/centres such as JPC, CARICC, SELEC and others strengthen cooperation between each other within the UNODC Networking the Networks initiative with the purpose of attaining significant results in combating illicit drug trafficking.
From 12th to 16th of November 2018 CARICC took part in the 29th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) in Minsk, Belarus.
The event was attended by delegations of EAG member states: Belarus, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of EAG observer states and organizations: Armenia, Iran, Italy, Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Poland, Serbia, USA, Turkey, Montenegro, France, Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), Asia-Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), Egmont Group, CIS Antiterrorist Center (CIS ATC), World Bank (WB), UNSC 1267 Committee Monitoring Team, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Interpol, CIS Executive Committee, UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, International Monetary Fund (IMF) , The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (represented by the RATS SCO), CARICC, and representative of the Islamic Development Bank invited by the Chairperson of the EAG.
At the sidelines of the plenary week, CARICC held meetings with the leadership of the Financial Monitoring Committee of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan and representatives of the EAG and reached agreements on implementation of a number of practical measures under the CARICC Regional Programme for the System-Wide Fight Against Organized Drug-Related Crime by Weakening its Financial Resources.
“Train the trainers”, regional training organized by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, concluded on 16th of October 2018 in CARICC.
Representatives of the Turkish International Academy against Drugs and Organized Crime (TADOC) provided participants with new skills and knowledge.
Instructors of educational institutions of law enforcement from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan with experience in combating drug trafficking took part in the course along with CARICC analysts.
Participants were issued certificates upon completion of the week-long training course.
The training course “Modern methods to verify authenticity of travel documents and technology of profiling of persons crossing borders” was held between 5th and 8th of November 2018 in the Academy of Border Guard Service of the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The course was organized for border control officers of the Republic of Kazakhstan by a component of Subprogramme 1 of the Regional Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central Asia “Countering trafficking of Afghan opiates via the Northern Route by enhancing the capacity of key border crossings points (BCPs) and through the establishment of border liaison offices (BLOs)”.
During the 4-day course participants addressed various questions and studied in detail how to identify facts of border crossings by individuals with forged documents, learned means used to paper documents’ protection and ways to protect and possibility of forgery of seals.
CARICC analysts presented information about the potential of the Centre, as well as observed drug situation in Afghanistan and Member States of CARICC.
The material learned was consolidated in practical trainings on travel and identification documents.
Officers of the youth police of the city and district internal affairs agencies (GOROVD) of territorial units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan visited CARICC on November 2, 2018 at the request of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan named after M. Esbulatov.
During the visit CARICC analysts conducted an introductory tour for the delegation from GOROVD studying advanced training courses at the Interdepartmental Training Center for Combating Drug Trafficking.
During the event CARICC provided information on its main activities, prospects for the development of the Centre at international level, as well as outcomes of work in the area of countering transnational drug-related crime.
At the end of the visit organized as part of the ongoing cooperation of CARICC with the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, representatives of the Interdepartmental Training Center for Combating Drug Trafficking were awarded anniversary editions of CARICC journals, as well as catalogs of identified drugs concealment methods for years 2014 to 2016.