Precursor Incident Communication System

A workshop on the Precursor Incident Communication System (PICS) and Pre-export Notification (PEN) online systems was conducted in collaboration with the International Narcotics Control Board's (INCB) project on "Exchange of Intelligence of Acetic Anhydride and Precursors Trafficking in Central and West Asia", the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries - Law Enforcement Cooperation Sub-programme, and the "Establishment of a Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC)" project between 20 and 22 October 2015.

This workshop was planned based on the requests from the law enforcement officials during the meetings of the Regional Intelligence Working Group on Precursors (RIWGP), and coordinated by the UNODC Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighboring Countries.

33 officials from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Joint Planning Cell (JPC) and CARICC took part in the meeting.

The agenda of the workshop included the following topics: use and latest features of INCB's automated online system for the exchange of pre-export notifications (PEN Online) to maximize the usage of the system in order to prevent precursor diversion; use of customs data analysis as an additional tool to support regional and international precursor operations and backtracking investigations; examples of national approaches and best practices and other issues.

The event was hosted by CARICC, and served as an example of collaboration and interlinking the local, regional and global initiatives.