Closing ceremony of the second training course of the UNODC project "Improving the capacity of the national police of Afghanistan and of Central Asian countries to tackle drug trafficking"

Closing ceremony of the second training course of the UNODC project "Improving the capacity of the national police of Afghanistan and of Central Asian countries to tackle drug trafficking"The closing ceremony of the second training course of the UNODC project "Improving the capacity of the national police of Afghanistan and of Central Asian countries to tackle drug trafficking" was held in Domodedovo at the All-Russian Advanced Training Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Russian Federation (the Domodedovo Training Institute), on the 28 th March 2016. 

This training course was conducted from 14 to 28 March 2016 under the framework of the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring countries with the financial support of Japan and in-kind contribution from the Russian Federation. The mixed group of participants consisted of 18 law enforcement officers from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The training course was based on the modern international curriculum and focused on legal aspects of drug control and drug trafficking, advanced  investigative and search techniques as well existing drug situation and trends. The training sessions were delivered by leading experts from the Domodedovo Training Institute, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Federal Drug Control Service, the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation with the participation of senior counter-narcotics experts from the Narcotics Control Department of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

The senior representative of the  Embassy of Japan in the Russian Federation acknowledged the importance of collaboration between the neighbouring countries in-order to prevent drug trafficking stressing that "this training will increase the capabilities of Afghanistan and Central Asia to tackle illicit drug flows and will ultimately contribute to stability in the region."

The Deputy Chief of the Domodedovo Training Institute praised the inclusion of a variety of delegates from several states who represented different law enforcement agencies involved in the fight against drug trafficking.

 At the closing ceremony the UNODC representative  outlined that the forthcoming   objectives of the follow-up activities under this project are "to further improve the operational capacity of the counter-narcotics agencies of Afghanistan and five Central Asian countries to tackle the drug trafficking threat in the region".  The UNODC representative also mentioned that the second phase of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries (2016-2019) was planned to be launched in May 2016.

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