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

Analyst’s Notebook

On October 13–17, 2008 CARICC analysts participated in a practical training on i2 Analyst Notebook software (visual data analysis). The analytical product allows effective analysis of interrelated objects and consecutive events, presenting investigation results in a form of clear charts and diagrams; enables identification of an object (e.g. criminal network), origin of activity and consequence of events related to the activity, as well as evaluates importance of each event. i2 technologies are recommended by Interpol and Europol for analysts and investigators all over the world as standards in the field of intelligence analysis. 

CARICC Deputy Director’s visit to Brussels

On October 1, 2008 CARICC Deputy Director participated in a meeting in Brussels (Belgium) on combating drug trafficking in Central Asia. The meeting was held in the framework of the so called “European Three” (Council of European Union, European Parliament and European Commission) under a leadership of France. Diplomatic missions of four Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) took part in the event.
The meeting was organized to analyze a drug situation in Central Asia. Agenda also included issues of precursors and Action Plan on counteracting drug trafficking in Central Asia and European Union. Representatives of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan opened the meeting with the reports on drug situation in their countries and actions directed towards combating drug trafficking. CARICC Deputy Director made a presentation on the Centre’s functions and role in coordination of activities of competent authorities from member-states in order to identify and dismantle Afghan smuggling channels on the “Northern” route.
Reports were made on implementation of BOMCA – CADAP program in Central Asia and on chemical precursors. European Union-Central Asian Action plan on combating drug trafficking was discussed. Resolution of the three hour meeting remarked that CARICC, uniting five Central Asian countries, Russia and Azerbaijan, was a major UNODC project and its goal was to provide information exchange and assistance in coordination of law enforcement activities in the region. It was highlighted that CARICC’s rapid development was a priority task for the European Union. Despite the fact that EU does not finance the Centre directly, cooperation is being developed in the frameworks of ongoing programs, especially interaction with competent bodies of CARICC member-states. It was proposed to continue discussion between EU and Central Asia according to the Action plan through regular meetings devoted to drug issues. Strategy of a new partnership with Central Asia let European Union start a dialogue and establish permanent contacts with regional organizations in Central Asia, including CARICC. 
After the meeting CARICC Deputy Director met with police officers from Italy and Romania, who demonstrated great interest towards CARICC activities and expressed their wishes for cooperation. Central Asian diplomats accredited in Brussels asked many questions about CARICC; French ambassador expressed his gratitude to CARICC Deputy Director for participation in the meeting.

On ratification of CARICC Agreement by Kyrgyzstan

On September 19, 2008 Parliament of Kyrgyzstan endorsed a bill “On ratification of CARICC Agreement between the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan on establishment of the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for combating illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors”.
Thus, following Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan is the second country who has ratified CARICC Agreement.

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Training for CARICC staff, Almaty

On September 8-20 training “Criminal intelligence analysis based on ANACAPA methods " was conducted in the UN building in Kazakhstan and was intended for intelligence analysts, specialized in illicit drug trafficking and cross-border crime. CARICC staff and liaison officers, as well as UNODC representatives took part in the training, conducted by a UNODC trainer from Serbia - Miroslav Prlevic. Knowledge received during the training will allow effectively solve problems. The training was organized by UNODC in accordance to a Strategic plan for development of CARICC.

NOMAK

On August 26-27, 2008 CARICC Deputy Director M. Madybaev and UNODC Senior project coordinator T. Murshudlu participated in a working meeting on NOMAK project in Tehran (Iran).
NOMAK project aims at strengthening international and regional cooperation in combating heroin trafficking in Central Asia. Countries, participating in the project, are located along the “Northern” route: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and neighboring Iran and Pakistan.  
The meeting was organized by the General Secretariat of Interpol and Police of the Islamic Republic Iran and attended by representatives of Interpol, police management from member states, Ministries and agencies on combating illicit drug trafficking of other countries of Asian, Middle Eastern and European regions who played efficient role as transit countries and states, drug—consumers.

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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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