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$ 2.5 Million to Fight against Drug Trafficking in Uzbekistan

The Government of Japan will provide 263 million Japanese yen (about $ 2.5 million) for implementation of the project to combat the smuggling of Afghan drugs in Uzbekistan.

October 20 the Ambassador of Japan in Uzbekistan Nobuaki Ito and the Regional Representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Central Asia Ashita Mittal signed the exchange of notes within the project.

UNODC will implement this project in Uzbekistan. The program will create interagency mobile groups.

Program activities will address the problematic aspects in the field of combating drug trafficking in Uzbekistan, as well as development potential of employees through the provision of equipment, strengthening infrastructure, organization of trainings and seminars.

Program activities will be implemented in coordination with the National Information and Analytical Center on Drug Control and with the participation of law enforcement bodies of Uzbekistan.

Interagency mobile groups will collaborate with other units of law enforcement agencies on the ground to identify persons involved in drug smuggling along the railway lines.

The Ambassador of Japan said that the Japanese government attaches great importance to cooperation with UNODC and Uzbekistan in the sphere of border control and combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs.
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