Third Legislative Review Group Meeting in Ashgabat

On November 19-20 2015, the Third Legislative Review Group meeting on the assistance in bringing the Turkmen national legislation related to trade and border control, in particular export control, in line with international standards, took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

The meeting, which was facilitated by Mr. Martin Wilde, expert, Mr. Arturo Laurent, representative of UNODC's HQs Terrorism Prevention Branch and Dr. Aleksandr Jumayev, national expert, was conducted by the UNODC project on "Strengthening customs service and other law enforcement agencies in implementation of border trade control in particular export/import regimes control". Mr. Anton Martyniuk, OSCE expert who was invited to the meeting, gave an overview of the legislative situation in Central Asia and briefed the participants on OSCE's work within the UN Security Council Resolution 1540.

Participants from the Turkmen State Customs Service, State Service to Protect the Security of a Healthy Society, State Border Service, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Defense and Prosecutor General's Office took part in the meeting. The group continued to work on developing recommendations for further consideration by the national authorities. The main point of discussion was the compliance of Turkmen national law with the UN Security Council resolution 1540.

During the meeting, examples of international lists of strategic and dual use goods have been studied, in addition  participants also getting an opportunity to get acquainted with the international best practice in this field.