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In the period May 22-26, 2023 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, a regional training "Risk Analysis and Detection of New Psychoactive Substances” was organized for law enforcement officers of countries bordering Afghanistan, in particular: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The event organized with the assistance of the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the UNODC Regional Office in Central Asia. Analysts of CARICC and experts of the Central Directorate for Combating Drugs of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Italy acted as instructors.

Modern trends and routes for the transportation of synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as methods for their concealment, were considered.

At the end of the seminar, participants were awarded certificates.

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On May 1 - 5, 2023, a training course on the operation of specialized IBM i2 "IBase" software, as well as "SAS.Planet" and "ArcGIS" cartographic programs for employees of the information and analytical division of the Border Guard Service of the Kyrgyz Republic was held at the CARICC.

The participants of the training acquired basic skills in the field of organizing and conducting operational and strategic analysis in the presence of a large array of data using specialized analytical and geoinformation software.

The classes are organized on the basis of a combination of several teaching methods, in particular: presentations, blitz surveys of participants and practical exercises.

From the concepts and techniques presented by the instructor, within the framework of the training course, the students acquired and mastered the relevant basic skills in organizing and conducting operational and strategic data analysis using the considered specialized software.

In general, the participants of the training noted that the training course fully met their expectations and proved to be useful in the framework of daily official activities.

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On May 2, 2023, the webinar “Securing borders with enhanced information and cybersecurity measures” was held via videoconference, organized by the Regional Office for Capacity Building for the European Region of the World Customs Organization (ROCB).

The event was attended by representatives of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors (CARICC), Southeast European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC), the State Customs committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and representatives of the customs services of the states of the European region.

The director of the Directorate for Capacity Building of the World Customs Organization, Mr. Kang Taeil, and the head of the ROCB, Mr. Mirhasan Saidzade, addressed the participants of the webinar with welcoming words.

In their speeches, the webinar participants noted the importance of drawing attention to existing and potential problems in the region and joining efforts in the field of advanced information and cyber security measures, as well as discussing recent achievements and best practices.

Analyst of IAP CARICC Mr. Shahboz Komilzoda made a presentation about software in analytical work to the participants of the webinar.

An exchange of views took place between the participants of the webinar, the importance of close international cooperation between customs structures and international partners was emphasized.

Saturday, 29 April 2023 14:09

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On April 28, 2023, a meeting was held in Almaty with a US delegation led by James Callahan, Senior Program Advisor for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) of the State Department.

At the meeting, representatives of CARICC informed the American side about the current activities, achievements and proposed initiatives of the Center, which is one of the large-scale projects of UNODC.

At the same time, attention is drawn to the analysis of information indicating a deterioration in the drug situation in the region, primarily due to the spread of synthetic drugs, including using the Internet.

Taking into account the development of the drug situation in the region, it was proposed to make wider use of CARICC opportunities to implement new initiatives, including through UNODC projects in Central Asia funded by the United States.

In turn, the US delegation expressed hope for the further development of CARICC in organizing its activities, conducting anti-drug operations, as well as carrying out information and analytical functions.

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In the period from April 24 to April 28, 2023, the sixth 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 Astana and the UNODC Regional Office in Central Asia.

The event was also attended by representatives of CARICC, the Academy of the General Prosecutor's Office, the Financial Monitoring Agency, the National Security Committee, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the territorial bodies of the Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as international experts of 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 - Atyrau, Abay, Zhetysu and Ulytau regions.

One of the main objectives 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 value of events held in this format.

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In Almaty, on April 13, 2023, took place a meeting of the CARICC Director A.Yazlyyev with the Deputy Director of the Department of Strategic Analysis and Public Relations of UNODC F.Klimchuk and the Deputy Head of the Department of Joint Financing and Partnership of UNODC I.Kondratiev.

The meeting participants discussed the status and prospects of CARICC activities, as well as issues of expanding the cooperation of the Center with international partners to achieve common goals and objectives.

A proposal was considered on the possibility of organizing a high-level international forum under the auspices of the CARICC with the invitation of the heads of the competent authorities of the participating States and observers of the Center.

The parties expressed their readiness to work out a set of issues to improve the effectiveness of regional anti-drug cooperation in close cooperation between CARICC and UNODC.

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On March 31, 2023, a delegation of the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek, headed by the Ambassador Alexey Rogov, visited the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Center for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors.

At the meeting, the parties discussed the state and prospects of cooperation between CARICC and the OSCE Program Office in Bishkek.

During the meeting, CARICC analysts made a presentation on the goals and objectives of the Center within its mandate, the results of operations, as well as planned initiatives for the near future. In addition, information was provided on the current situation in Afghanistan, its impact on the drug situation in the Central Asian region.

The parties noted the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation and expressed their intention to continue interaction on issues of mutual interest.

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In Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), on March 28-29, 2023, a regional workshop on countering illicit trafficking of drugs and new psychoactive substances was held in a hybrid format.

The event organized jointly with the OSCE Center in Ashgabat and the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia. It was attended by delegations of the competent authorities of the countries of Central Asia, Italy, representatives of UNODC, OSCE and CARICC.

Head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat Ambassador John Macgregor, representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan, UNODC Regional Representative Ms Ashita Mittal, Ambassador of Italy in Ashgabat Mr Luigi Ferrari, Deputy Head of the Embassy of Japan in Turkmenistan Hideki Hosaka spoke at the opening of the seminar.

At the meeting, the participants exchanged of views on the emerging drug situation in Central Asia, and discussed the existing mechanisms to combat drug trafficking in the region.

The delegations of the Central Asian countries made presentations on the national experience in combating the new challenges of the drug threat in their countries.

 Within the framework of the session “Law Enforcement and Legislative Measures to Counter the Spread of New Psychoactive Substances”, a representative of CARICC made a presentation.

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