CARICC – IS A STANDING INTERGOVERNMENTAL BODY TO COORDINATE EFFORTS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRANSNATIONAL DRUG-RELATED CRIME

Second Experts’ group meeting

On February 24-25, 2009 the second meeting of experts from CARICC member-states was held in Almaty to discuss "Agreement on exchange and security of secret information". The international experts’ group consisted of representatives from the competent agencies of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russian, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As a result of the meeting it was recommended to submit the project of this Agreement for consideration of the CARICC Council. 

First meeting of the CARICC Council

On February 26, 2009 the first meeting of the CARICC Council (Management Board) was held in Almaty. The Council members from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan took part in the meeting. Russia and Uzbekistan were presented as observers. The meeting was presided by Mr. Mukhamejanov, the Minister of Interior of Kazakhstan. The Council considered all issues in the agenda and approved strategic plan of CARICC for the nearest two years, CARICC structure, CARICC staff rules and regulations and other important issues for CARICC activities. The Council granted observer status to France and Interpol. Other requests on observer status are being considered.

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Meeting in Brussels

On February 5, 2009 CARICC director B. Sarsekov attended the meeting of European Union’s Troika with participation Horizontal working group on drug issues at the EU directorate of internal affairs and justice, EU member states and delegations from Central Asia. The meeting was also attended by representatives of UNODC, Europol, European monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction.
The key discussion point was the drug situation in Afghanistan. It was highlighted that despite measures taken drug trafficking from Afghanistan continues posing a threat. In particular, EU representative emphasized that Europe remained a main drug consumer, including Afghan heroin. During the meeting positive role of CARICC in TARCET operation was underlined.
While discussing cooperation of EU with Central Asian countries results’ analysis was made on “BOMCA/CADAP” programmes, highlighting their expediency and topicality. The programmes allowed to improve situation on the borders of Central Asian states and enhanced effectiveness of the work of law enforcement and border control agencies. 
The participants agreed to submit proposals on improvement of BOMCA-7 and CADAP-5 projects within a month.

Prolonged deadline for applications to CARICC

The international selection committee prolonged the deadline for applications for Financial Controller position till June 1/2009.
NB: Only officers of competent agencies of CARICC member states can apply.

Azerbaijan ratified CARICC Agreement

On December 30, 2008 President of Azerbaijan, Mr Aliev, signed a law on ratification of CARICC Agreement. Thus, Azerbaijan has become the 5th state, which ratified this document.

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CARICC - Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating the illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors, established within the Memorandum of Understanding on sub-regional drug control cooperation dated May 4 1996 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) between the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan and UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 

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CARICC is established under the UNODC project TD/RER/H22

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