UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme Enhances Capacity of Kyrgyz Customs Service Officers in Strategic Trade and Export Control  

UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia conducted a five-day national seminar on Strategic Trade and Export Control (STEC) for some 19 participants from the Kyrgyz State Customs Service and Port Control Units under the United Nations Office on Drugs - World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Container Control Programme. The training-course is a follow up to the first phase of STEC delivered earlier this year and aimed to further strengthen the knowledge and skills of the officers in strategic trade and export control as well as on how to use modern Customs control techniques.

Focused on theory for the first three days, participants learned a cohesive mechanism to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, missile, chemical and biological weapons, their parts and components and ammunition (firearms); fraud patterns and risk indicators and technics on behavior analysis and observations. At the practical part of the training, participants visited the Railway Station where they conducted physical inspection of containers and profiled customs documents.

Guided by WCO experts, participants gained a knowledge and improved skills on customs control and documentation process of goods under UN SC Resolution 1540 as well as targeting containers/consignments for examination related to dual use goods and firearms.

The United National Security Council Resolution (UNCSR) 1540, unanimously adopted by all members states, places mandatory requirements for member states to maintain and develop appropriate effective border controls and law enforcement efforts to detect, deter, prevent and combat the illicit trafficking or brokering of WMD, CBRN materials or their associated/components parts.

The establishment of Port Control Units can directly contribute to the members states' operative implementation of UNCRS 1540 building on the specialized profiling techniques obtained during theoretical, practical and mentoring components of CCP and complementing this with very specific Strategic Trade and Export Control Training. Port Control Units members and State Customs Service frontline officers will apply the gained knowledge in their daily work aimed to ensure the secure supply chain goods.

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

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