From 13 to 24 April the OSCE Border Management Staff College (BMSC) in Dushanbe provided a train-the-trainer course on the detection and prevention of trafficking of dual-use chemicals which may be used in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for 14 instructors. The participants represented national customs training institutions of Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The training course focused on the threats of IEDs, investigation and inspection instruments for the control of dual-use chemicals, and customs risk assessment methodologies.
The course was organized in co-operation with the World Customs Organization (WCO). The BMSC and the WCO have supported the inclusion of the programme curriculum into the Customs Administrations training departments.
In parallel with the course, the third Global Shield Programme Operational Coordination Working Group meeting took place on 15 and 16 April. During the meeting the regional co-ordinators from Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan shared the progress of their activities conducted in co-operation with national customs administrations. The prospects for expanded partnerships and the operational challenges of participating nations were also considered.