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For his contribution to strengthening cooperation between the competent authorities of the CARICC member states in the field of combating drug trafficking, the Director of the National Information and Analytical Center for Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan O.Narzullaev was awarded the CARICC commemorative medal "For contribution to the development of cooperation."

The medal was presented in Tashkent as part of the participation of the Director of CARICC, Major General of Militia Miralizoda R.A. at the 36th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG).

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The CARICC delegation headed by Director Miralizoda Rustam Aziz is taking part in the 36th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) scheduled from May 30 to June 3, 2022 in Tashkent.

At the closed part of the Plenary meeting, an analysis was made of the contribution of the EAG member states and observers to the activities and development of the group, and the signing of the Protocol on amendments to the statutory documents was agreed.

In the open part of the meeting, the results of the implementation of the Action Plan of the EAG Chairman for the current year will be summed up and the main priorities of the chairmanship in 2023-2024 will be determined.

It is planned to hear reports from the co-chairs of the working groups on mutual assessments and legal issues, on technical assistance and on typologies and countering the financing of terrorism and crime.

CARICC was granted observer status at the EAG for the consistent organization of systemic measures to combat transnational drug crime, as well as participation in the EAG plenary meetings in order to study the experience of work in this direction.

Thursday, 26 May 2022 15:19

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The CARICC delegation headed by Director R. Miralizoda took part in the thirteenth session of the working group of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, organized on May 23-27, 2022 in Vienna.

As part of the event, meetings were also held with the leadership and senior officials of the UNODC headquarters on the issues of determining priority areas for CARICC activities in the framework of the implementation of the UNODC Program for the countries of Central Asia for 2022-2025. Issues were discussed on the inclusion and definition of the role of CARICC as a regional partner in the developed UNODC Concept “Strategic Stability System”, as well as proposals for interaction and complementarity of regional initiatives in Central Asia, in particular, the Regional Research Center for Analysis and Monitoring of the Situation in Afghanistan, planned to be built in the near future.

Participation of CARICC in this system will allow more effective coordination and exchange of information to respond to threats related to drugs and crime. Will facilitate the establishment of communication and cooperation mechanisms between the networks of CARICC and CASC (Network of International Legal Cooperation for the countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus).

Facilitate the exchange of information on transnational organized crime groups through existing coordination platforms such as GCC, SELEC, EUROPOL, INTERPOL.

During the meeting with representatives of UNODC, issues of developing a joint strategy to ensure the sustainable development of CARICC and ensure the financial stability of the Center were also discussed.

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On May 20, 2022, an online event “Central Asian countries’ response to countering transnational organized crime and terrorism” was held via videoconference, organized by the Regional Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Central Asia, the UNODC Sector for the Prevention of Terrorism and United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office (UNOCT), which was attended by representatives of UNODC, the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors (CARICC), the Department for Countering Extremism of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan, the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan, the Department for the Execution of Punishment of the Ministry of Justice of Tajikistan and the General Prosecutor  Office of Uzbekistan.

Head of the UN Regional Office on Drugs and Crime in Central Asia Ms. Ashita Mittal addressed the participants of the event with a welcoming speech.

In her speech, the representative of UNODC noted some aspects of UNODC assistance to Member States in the fight against organized crime, terrorism and illicit drug trafficking at the regional and global level.

As part of the online event, representatives of the coordinating bodies for combating transnational organized crime and terrorism of the countries of Central Asia and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office also spoke.

The participants exchanged views, stressed the importance of close international cooperation in combating transnational organized crime and terrorism between the law enforcement agencies of the Central Asian countries and international partners.

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On May 18, 2022, a meeting of CARICC employees with representatives of the European Union in Central Asia was held at the Center.

CARICC was represented by the head of the Information and Analytical Division, Mr. Azizbek Erkaboev, and the analyst of the same division, Anuar Yergazin.

The European Union was represented by the Head of the Central Asia Drug Prevention Program (CADAP-7) Mr. Ernest Robello and the Cooperation Manager of the European Union Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Cosimo Lamberti-Fossati.

Mr. A. Erkaboev briefly informed about the current activities of the Center as one of the large-scale and significant UNODC projects in Central Asia, as well as the information and analytical work of the Center, including its improvement and the prospects for development plans.

During the meeting, representatives of the EU briefly announced information on the implementation of activities within the framework of the next phase of the Central Asia Drug Prevention Program (CADAP), including its goals and objectives.

The meeting participants also discussed a number of current and future issues within the framework of further bilateral cooperation, during which proposals and wishes were expressed.

In addition, the parties discussed the current drug situation, taking into account the threats of international drug trafficking and the spread of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances of synthetic origin emanating from Afghanistan.

The EU representatives emphasized the important role of CARICC on the anti-drug track and expressed an opinion on expanding cooperation, including a proposal to provide a platform for CARICC to conduct relevant events, including educational seminars and trainings.

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On May 13, 2022, the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Centre for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors in Almaty was visited by a delegation of the Gulf Cooperation Council Criminal Information Center for Combating Drugs (GCC-CIC), headed by Director of GCC-CIC Brig.Sakr Bin Rashid Al Muraihi.

The parties represented by Mr. Rustam Aziz Miralizoda, Director of CARICC, and Saqr bin Rashid Al Muraihi, Director of GCC-CIC, not only presented information on current activities of the two centers in Central Asia and the Arab Gulf States, expressing mutual interest and intentions to implement effective joint cooperation aimed at combating trans-border organized crime related to drug trafficking, but also discussed issues of cooperation in exchanging information and experience, as well as preparing joint training courses.

The heads of the centers emphasized the importance of increasing bilateral cooperation against the backdrop of the rapidly changing drug situation and increasing volumes of seizures of hard drugs in their regions.

The parties discussed the drug situation in the member countries of their organizations, taking into account the threats of international drug trafficking and the spread of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances of synthetic origin emanating from Afghanistan.

Mr. A. Erkaboev, Advisor/Head of Information-Analytical Division of CARICC, and Mr. Saeed Musleh Al Dhubia, Head of Research and Training Division of GCC-CIC, addressed the ceremony.

Mr. Shahboz Komilzoda, Analyst of the Information-Analytical Division of CARICC, made a presentation on organizing and conducting international anti-drug activities, and highlighted the information-analytical direction of the Center.

As a result of the meeting, a Plan of Action was signed to implement the points of Memorandum of Understanding between CARICC and the General Secretariat of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), concluded in March of this year in Doha, Qatar, during the visit of CARICC delegation to the GCC-CIC.

The signing ceremony of the joint document was also attended by liaison officers of the competent authorities of the member states and CARICC staff.

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On May 10-11, 2022, employees of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan (DCA) visited CARICC.

The meeting was organized by the UNODC Program Office in Tajikistan within the framework of Sub-program 1 of the UNODC Program for Central Asia “Establishment of an Academic Training Center in the structure of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan: Phase II”.

DCA representatives got acquainted with the activities of the Center, analytical products of CARICC, the current drug situation in the Central Asian region, as well as the results of work in the field of combating transnational drug crime, including the detection of clandestine laboratories using the potential of CARICC.

As a result of the visit, the staff of the DCA of the Republic of Tajikistan were presented with information and analytical materials of CARICC for use in their work, including training for employees of anti-drug units of law enforcement agencies of the Republic of Tajikistan.

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In the period from April 25 to April 29, 2022, the fourth National simulation training for practitioners on countering the legalization (laundering) of proceeds from drug crime was held on the basis of CARICC.

The organizers were the Regional Hub for Countering Global Threats of the Law Enforcement Academy under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, CARICC, the US Embassy in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the OSCE Program Office in Nur-Sultan, and the UNODC Regional Office in Central Asia.

The event was held with the participation of representatives of CARICC, the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office, the Financial Monitoring Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the National Security Committee, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the prosecutor's office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as invited international experts on the project "Strengthening the capacity of competent authorities in conducting parallel financial investigations and suppressing illegal financial flows associated with organized crime and drug trafficking”.

The training was attended by interdepartmental investigative teams from 4 regions of Kazakhstan - Akmola, Mangistau, Pavlodar and West Kazakhstan regions.

With a welcoming speech, the participants of this event were addressed by acting. CARICC Director Ms. Assel Rakhimova. The representative of CARICC, Ms. Tatiana Evdokimova, made a presentation to the participants on the topic: “Peculiarities of conducting financial investigations in cases related to illicit trafficking in drugs and other prohibited substances” and provided practical assistance in conducting it from the position of an international expert in the field of financial investigations for the purposes of countering the laundering (legalization) of criminal proceeds from drug trafficking.

The format of the simulation training provided for the creation of conditions and situations aimed at simulating the actual commission of a criminal act in order to develop the practical skills of specialists in detecting, suppressing and investigating this type of crime; strengthening cooperation between financial intelligence units and law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking; definition and use of key indicators for the detection and confiscation of drug money.

One of the main tasks of the simulation training was to develop methods of interaction within the framework of interdepartmental investigative and operational groups to identify channels and schemes for financing drug crime.

The participants of the simulation training exchanged expert opinions, experience and best practices on the latest developments in financial investigations and the suppression of illegal financial flows related to organized crime, drug trafficking, cybercrime and virtual assets.

Participants and organizers of the training noted the high practical significance of events held in this format.

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