The purpose of the regional workshop was to facilitate capacity building of the national law enforcement and criminal justice systems in Central Asia and neighbouring countries to address the aspect of organised crime.
The workshop, jointly organised by the Strategic Police Matters Unit, the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and the OSCE Centre in Astana with the cooperation of the World Bank and the UNODC, was in response to Ministerial Decisions No. 3/05 and 5/06, which tasked the Secretary General to provide the requesting participating States with support for the mobilization of technical assistance, including the necessary expertise and resources, from relevant competent international organisations for the implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime and its Protocols (UNTOC) in support of and in close consultation with the Conference of Parties and the UNODC. The workshop specifically addressed Articles 12, 13 and 14 of the UNTOC, as well as Chapter V of the UN Convention against Corruption.
The overall objective was to enhance the co-operation between the authorities from Central Asian countries and other source and destination countries involved in the financial manipulation of proceeds from crime.