Central Asia has been subject to renewed terrorism threats due to political upheavals in the neighbouring region.
To support Turkmenistan in enhancing the capacities of relevant competent national bodies to detect, prevent and investigate cross-border movement of terrorists, UNODC held an awareness raising workshop in Ashgabat on the tools available to collect and analyse travel information on 13-14 June. The event was held under the framework of the German-funded project "Enhancing Border Management and Security in Response to Terrorism Threats in Central Asia”.
The meeting gathered participants from several national agencies including ministries of transport, interior, and justice, civil aviation agencies, national airline carriers, intelligence agencies, state customs, and the INTERPOL National Centre Bureau. The event strengthened practitioners’ capacity to collect, process, exploit and disseminate border security-relevant information from sources including biometrics and international databases, watchlists, and advance passenger information (API) and passenger name record (PNR) data.