Container Control Programme delivers mentorship training for Turkmen Customs officers

The UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia conducted a five-day training in Ashgabat as a part of Mentorship component of the UNODC-World Customs Organization (WCO) Global Container Control Programme (CCP) from 15-19 January 2018. Nine officers from the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan, including members of the Port Control Units (PCU) in Ashgabat and Turkmenbashy cities, took part in the workshop.

During opening ceremony, Mr. Batyr Geldiyev, UNODC Regional Programme Coordinator, thanked the State Customs Service for hosting the training at the International Customs Terminal in Ashgabat, and mentioned that the workshop is a part of the CCP continuous training efforts to further strengthen capacity of existing PCUs in Turkmenistan.

At the training, an experienced trainer from the WCO shared his knowledge on profiling and selecting high-risk consignments, and conducted practical exercises on searching the containers. The mentorship component aims to warrant sustainability of the programme, and to ensure that newly hired officials of inter-agency units are being adequately trained and have the same level of skills as their colleagues.

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.