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A meeting between Mr. A. Yazlyyev, CARICC Director, and Mr. Kyle Ojima, Program Advisor, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State, took place on 2 November 2023 at CARICC.

CARICC Director briefly described current efforts of the Centre and prospects of its activities under its core mandate to promote and coordinate counternarcotics measures, and to collect, collate and analyze information on cross-border drug crime.

The parties discussed cooperation under INL programs on organization of trainings for law enforcement officers of Central Asian countries with participation of CARICC experts.

Thursday, 02 November 2023 11:39

CARICC meeting with UNODC representatives

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CARICC hosted a meeting with Mr. Y. Kurbonov, UNODC International Programme Coordinator in Central Asia, and Mr. K. Williamson, Law Enforcement Advisor of the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries on 1 November 2023.

CARICC Director A. Yazlyyev informed about ongoing efforts of the Centre in organization and coordination of counternarcotics operations. Mr. Yazlyyev also briefed on the work of the Centre's Information and Analytical Unit in developing relevant materials and conducting trainings for representatives of law enforcement agencies of Central Asian countries. He informed about CARICC's plans to jointly conduct seminars and trainings under UNODC projects and programmes.

The event with representatives of UNODC included discussions on debriefing on results of the multilateral operation "Reflex" on countering synthetic drugs, and plans to launch a new phase of the operation. They also reviewed questions on organization of CARICC functioning.

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International scientific and practical conference "For a Drug-Free World" was held on 27 October 2023 in Almaty at the premises of the Makan Yesbulatov Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies of Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Justice of Kyrgyzstan, the U.S. Embassy in Astana, experts from UNODC and other international organizations, and CARICC delegation headed by Director A. Yazlyyev.

In the course of the conference participants reviewed the problem of distribution of synthetic drugs, including via the Internet. Special attention was paid to the creation of a modern system of primary prevention of drug addiction with effective state and social control. Following results of discussions, priority directions were developed to effectively address the issues of combating drug crime.

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Meeting of the Steering Committee of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2022-2025 was held on 24-25 October 2023 at CARICC.

This meeting was organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia.

This event was aimed at discussing main achievements of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia in 2023 and implementation of projects, and to coordinate the Work Plan for 2024 of the Programme.  

It was attended by heads and officers of border agencies, customs services, internal affairs bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, international partners, and also experts from the UNODC Programme Offices in Central Asia and CARICC.

Experts of UNODC Programme Offices in Central Asia presented information on the progress of implementation of components of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia in 2023, and negotiated the Work Plan for 2024 within the framework of the Programme.  

In addition, CARICC experts prepared presentations and reports on current drug situation in the region and on a joint initiative with UNODC to set up a regional information and communication network bringing together all competent authorities of the Central Asian countries.

Participants underscored the importance of interaction by enhancing international cooperation, sharing positive experiences and further developing relations in the area of countering transnational organized crime.

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Mr. Atageldi Yazlyyev, CARICC Director, met with Mr. Alan Cole, Chief of Border Management Branch, UNODC, and Mr. Tofiq Murshudlu, Head of Coordination, Border Management Branch, UNODC, in Almaty on 25 October this year.

During the meeting CARICC Director informed on the Centre's efforts in its two main areas: coordination of international operations to combat drug trafficking, and collection, collation and analysis of information on drug situation.

UNODC representatives highlighted CARICC as an important element in UNODC's project implementation work, including those related to border management. UNODC expressed support for CARICC as it undergoes transformation and transition to self-sustainability by the Centre's Member States.

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Officers of the Faculty of Chief Staff Training (Faculty No. 1) of the Almaty Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs visited CARICC on 20 October 2023.  Senior investigators of the Financial Monitoring Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan also participated in the meeting.

Participants were briefed on major directions of the Centre's work and prospects of its development, CARICC analytical products, current drug situation in Member States, and information on current situation in Afghanistan.

Constructive exchange of opinions and experience in counternarcotics field also took place during the event.

As a result of the visit, participants were given CARICC informational and analytical materials for use in their professional practice.

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A workshop for investigators on cross-border crimes such as smuggling of drugs and their precursors was organized on 16-18 October 2023 at CARICC in Almaty.

The event was organized jointly with the EU Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA 10). A team of experts from the Customs Criminal Service and Precursor Control and Risk Assessment Division of the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department of the Lithuanian Government briefed participants on the EU approach and methods regarding drug control measures and investigation of organized cross-border crimes related to smuggling of drugs and their precursors.

CARICC experts delivered a presentation on recent trends in drug situation in Central Asia.

Workshop participants highly appreciated organization of the event and method of presentation. Participants were awarded certificates at the conclusion.

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Regular meeting of the Council of National Coordinators of CARICC Member States was convened in hybrid format in Almaty on 4 October 2023.

The Council members reviewed CARICC functional organization aspects. In particular, they discussed:

- suggestions to draft CARICC Budget Rules,

- competitive recruitment for vacant CARICC positions,

- initiative of the Kingdom of Belgium to obtain observer state status at CARICC,

- progress on draft CARICC Development Strategy for 2023-2027 and other items.

During the meeting parties developed relevant decisions on agenda items of the CNC.

An agreement was reached to conduct next meeting of the CNC of CARICC Member States in the first half of 2024.

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