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CARICC Informational and Analytical Unit representative delivered the first stage of training for officers of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on skills and practical application of specialized software "i2 iBase" and "i2 Analyst Notebook" at the Academy of Law Enforcement Agencies under the General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana) from 26 to 30 June and from 10 to 14 July 2023.

During the workshop participants covered the use of individual functions of the specialized software "i2" and the application of this system in information and analytical purposes of collecting, analyzing and producing tabular data for reporting and briefs.

Following basic (theoretical) lectures, experts provided practical trainings with target group.

Main emphasis during the sessions was made on analysis of criminal cases and links between them. Relevant objects and links in database were devised in this area, along with an algorithm for processing, importing and analyzing data in the "i2" software.

Participants reported that the training fully corresponded to their functional objectives and was highly useful in daily operations of the agency.

Traininees noted high-level preparation of the event and instructors, and interesting and relaxed method of presenting training material. They appreciated the move away from template methodology of lectures and the method of reinforcing studied content by solving practical exercises directly using specialized software.

Friday, 14 July 2023 11:29

CARICC Director meetings in Dushanbe

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Pursuant to CARICC Action Plan for 2023, the Centre's delegation headed by Director Mr. A.O. Yazlyyev attended working meetings with heads of competent authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan in Dushanbe from 12 to 13 July 2023.

Visit program included meetings with Mr. R. Rakhimzoda, Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. S. Ashurboyzoda, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, and Mr. H. Vokhidzoda, Director of the Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.

During talks the parties discussed organizational and practical matters of collaboration of competent authorities of the Republic of Tajikistan with CARICC.

The visit also included meetings with Mr. Sh. Salman Khan, UNODC International Project Coordinator in Tajikistan, and Mr. R. Rakhimov, Programme Coordinator. Project managers Ms. N. Ismatova and Ms. M. Vohidova also joined the meeting.

UNODC representatives briefed on projects in the area of HIV prevention and capacity building for Tajikistan Border Service on the Tajik-Afghan border. They expressed readiness for close cooperation with CARICC in organization of joint trainings for Tajikistan law enforcement officials.

Thursday, 06 July 2023 15:10

CARICC Briefing

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Briefing on results of CARICC efforts at regional and global levels, and also its capacity in countering international drug trafficking was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 3 July 2023 in Astana.

The event, chaired by H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, brought together heads of diplomatic missions and international organizations, senior officials and officers of competent authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Mr. A. Yazlyyev, CARICC Director, and heads of specialized units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the National Security Committee of the Republic of Kazakhstan delivered statements at the briefing.

CARICC gave a presentation on its performance, perspectives and plans. A separate topic was raised on financial sustainability of the Centre through enhanced donor assistance. It was emphasized that investments in CARICC are considered as investments in security of donor states and countries outside the Central Asian region.

Thursday, 06 July 2023 12:20

Presentation World Drug Report 2023

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Mr. A. Yazliyev, CARICC Director, attended the first meeting of Secretaries of Security Councils of Central Asia countries and the Russian Federation in Almaty on 23 June 2023.

The event addressed concrete areas of cooperation in light of current international situation and national interests of the countries in the region.

CARICC Director delivered a presentation on tasks and achievements of the Centre he heads. He briefed that over the period of its functioning, CARICC coordinated a number of counternarcotics operations, including international controlled deliveries. Leaders and active members of criminal rings were arrested and significant amounts of drugs and precursors were seized. 

Director of the Centre invited parties to enhance cooperation in information exchange and to expand collaboration between stakeholders to secure CARICC financial sustainability.

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Upon invitation of the International Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University, CARICC delegation headed by Director Mr. A. Yazliyev took part in the Third International Forum on Drug Policy on 6-8 June 2023 in Shanghai.

About 200 leaders and experts from UNODC, INCB, CARICC, SCO RATS EC, China Association of Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research, South Asian Drugs and Addictions Research Council of India and other institutions attended the event.

CARICC Director Mr. Atageldi Yazliyev delivered welcoming remarks and noted that the forum serves as a platform for joint cooperation in countering illicit drug trafficking. CARICC, as an international organization established under the auspices of the United Nations, will facilitate exchange of experience and information in tackling transnational drug trafficking.

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On 8 June 2023, the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan hosted a round table on problematic issues of combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, organized by the Committee on Legislation and Judicial and Legal Reform.

The meeting was carried out as part of the deputies' work on amendments under the same title. The round table, in addition to deputies, was attended by representatives of ministries, other government and law enforcement agencies, non-governmental sector, academics and experts.

 Mr. Barzu Avazzoda, CARICC analyst, participated in the event as invited expert and delivered a presentation on current situation in Afghanistan and its impact on drug situation in Central Asia.

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The 38th Plenary Meeting of the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) and working group meetings were held in Almaty (Republic of Kazakhstan) between 4 and 9 June 2023 in a hybrid format with participation of representatives of EAG member states and observers, FATF member states and Secretariat, and FATF-style regional bodies.

On 5 June 2023, Mr. Sh. Komilzoda, representative of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC) attended the meeting of the Working Group on Typologies and Countering the Financing of Terrorism and Crime (WGTYP) organized via video conference during the 38th EAG Plenary Meeting.

The meeting endorsed a report and executive summary of the mutual evaluation of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan in the second round of EAG mutual evaluations.      

Plenary meeting acknowledged the 4th report on the progress of the Republic of Tajikistan without reviewing the technical compliance ratings under the 2nd round of EAG mutual evaluations and noted the country's progress in improving the AML/CFT system.

Plenary meeting also took note of the 1st report on the progress of the Republic of Uzbekistan with technical compliance ratings revision under the 2nd round of EAG mutual evaluations and marked the country's progress in improving AML/CFT system.

Plenary meeting adopted EAG Budget for 2024, EAG Annual Report for 2022, EAG Work Plan for the second half of 2023 and 2024.

The 39th EAG Plenary Meeting will be hosted by the People's Republic of China in November 2023.

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