Port Control Units in Central Asia apply their gained skills in practice

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia conducted a series of successful mentorship programmes for Port Control Units (PCU) Officers of the "Morport Aktau" sea port in Kazakhstan, the Customs Headquarters in Bishkek and its Regional Department in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, as well as the "Dushanbe-2" and "Nizhniy Pyanj" dry ports in Tajikistan under the UNODC-World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Container Control Programme (CCP) from September to November 2017.

The above mentioned PCU officers successfully participated in all stages of capacity building measures envisaged by the Programme, including basic theoretical and practical training, work study tours, exchange visits and advanced training.

The mentorships are organized to warrant the sustainability of the programme and to ensure that the newly joined officials of the inter-agency units are being adequately trained and have the same level of skills as their colleagues.

More than 30 officers from the Customs Services and other law enforcement agencies strengthened their practical skills on profiling and search techniques of high-risk consignments. WCO's experienced experts shared their knowledge and undertook practical exercises on risk assessment, profiling, concealments methods, examination of conventional and refrigerated containers, drugs/precursors and the use of the "ContainerComm" secure communication system.

The CCP Regional Segment for Central Asia and Azerbaijan is funded by Government of Japan, the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.