U.S. deputy secretary of state opens Counternarcotics Center in Almaty
Kazakhstan, Astana, Dec. 10 / Trend K. Konyrova /
On December 9, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), David T. Johnson, participated in the official opening of the CARICC Center in Almaty, the embassy press-service said.
"He will also appear at the Academy of the Ministry of Interior to take part in the opening of the Interagency Counternarcotics Training Center's new building. The Training Center was first opened in December 1998 and provides counternarcotics training courses for law-enforcement agencies, including the Ministry of Interior, the Committee for National Security, the Border Guard Service, the Customs Control Committee, and the Agency on Combating Economic Crimes and Corruption," the U.S embassy in Kazakhstan said.
The U.S. Embassy INL office provided $172,000 in office equipment, furniture, and construction material to the Training Center, the press-service said.
The U.S. Embassy has also provided a grant to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to renovate a dormitory for 14 students and one instructor next year.
The U.S. Embassy has successfully cooperated with the Ministry of Interior in implementing different programs to combat transnational crime. The Embassy has implemented joint projects with the Committee on Combating Drugs, supported a project to equip internal drug control checkpoints, and conducted training sessions for the counternarcotics divisions, including canine specialists.
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