Dushanbe (Tajikistan), 13 June 2022 – border management threats – Illicit drug trafficking and different types of organized crime channelled by Afghanistan proceed to trigger main challenges for its neighbouring nations in Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus, in addition to Pakistan. Organized crime poses a serious risk to nations’ financial growth and to the protection and safety of the worldwide commerce provide chain.
To successfully tackle illicit drug trafficking within the area, on 22 Might 2019 the heads of customs authorities of 9 nations1 agreed to arrange common info trade on high-risk consignments by way of a memorandum of understanding. The settlement was sealed in Tashkent and was named the Inter-Regional Community of Customs Authorities and Port Management Items (IREN Community). In 2021, Azerbaijan grew to become the Community’s tenth taking part nation.
The launch of the IREN Community has led to seizures of 587 kg of medicine (580 kg of heroin); 127,344 tablets of anticonvulsant Regapen; 55 tons of ferrosilicon; 550,000 items of tobacco merchandise; and 237 tons of shopper items. It has prompted income assortment instances and detention of members of organized crime teams.
Customs authorities from eight2 of the ten IREN Community members convened on 25-26 Might 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, below the United Nations Workplace on Medicine and Crime (UNODC) and World Customs Group-led World Container Management Programme (CCP).
CCP works intently with the Customs administrations and different competent authorities within the area to strengthen the operation, and increase the quantity, of port and air cargo management items at key transit corridors to forestall the trafficking of illicit items, organized crime, and terrorism, and to strengthen commerce facilitation. It promotes a sensible regional cooperation framework for info trade amongst Customs and border management companies that may establish and suppress high-risk consignments. Within the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, in addition to in Pakistan, coaching officers in devoted container profiling is on the coronary heart of the programme.
At their seventh annual interregional assembly, the Customs authorities confused the significance of strengthening cooperation in suppressing high-risk consignments within the context of suspected will increase in drug smuggling from Afghanistan, together with facilitation of authorized commerce.
Opening the assembly, UNODC’s consultant in Central Asia Ashita Mittal remarked: “Latest developments require legislation enforcement companies throughout the area to pay better consideration to frame safety, cargo management and fostering collaboration to forestall and counter transnational organized crime. The CCP is a vital component of UNODC’s complete strategic strategy to doing this all through the area.”
As an consequence of the assembly, Customs officers adopted a declaration which can pave the best way for institutionalizing additional the function and features of the IREN Community, establishing and sustaining extra port and air cargo management items, and creating focused nationwide coaching centres. The community will place a devoted CCP regional coach within the area, set up pre-arrival information trade between management items, improve cooperation between Customs and the non-public sector, and survey present anti-corruption laws and techniques in CCP taking part nations.
“Interagency cooperation and data trade are efficient methods to extend the capability of Customs authorities to establish high-risk containers. Collectively, we’ll create a more practical container management mechanism amongst Customs administrations,” said Mr. Azim Tursunzoda, First Deputy Head of the Customs Service of Tajikistan. “It should considerably improve the effectiveness of our work stopping drug trafficking and the financial growth of CCP-participating nations,” he added.
UNODC’s Tofik Murshudlu famous that “CCP has established greater than 30 port and air cargo management items within the area. Below the phrases of this declaration, the programme will proceed so as to add sea, dry and airports, which can carry clear outcomes when it comes to seizures of medicine and different illicit items.”
1 Afghanistan, Géorgie, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Pakistan, Tadjikistan, Turkménistan, Ukraine et Ouzbékistan
2 Azerbaïdjan, Géorgie, Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Pakistan, Tadjikistan, Turkménistan et Ouzbékistan