OSCE assists in customs control of Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, June 29 / Trend H.Hasanov /
An OSCE-organized one-week training course for customs officers on examination and detection techniques and protection of evidence, concluded in Dashoguz, northern Turkmenistan , the OSCE Ashgabat office reported.
Twelve officers from Turkmenistan's State Customs Service and State Agency for Combating Drugs, and two from the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan participated. The course provided a good opportunity to build relationships and develop cross-border cooperation between the officials of the two countries.
"This is an example of successful co-operation on many levels - intra-agency, inter-agency, cross-border and international - to improve border security and facilitate legitimate trade between good neighbors," said Jonathan Trumble, OSCE Customs Adviser who delivered the training course.
Practical exercises were conducted at the DashoguzAwtoyollary customs post near the Turkmen-Uzbek border.
Next week another twelve officers will participate in a similar training course in Ashgabat. Both courses are part of the wider OSCE effort to help strengthen the capacity of border agencies and combat drug trafficking in Central Asia.
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