On 20-21April, the Office, in co-operation with the Interior Ministry and the US Embassy in Kazakhstan, organised a two-day international seminar aimed at countering the illicit trafficking of new psychoactive substances in Almaty. Forty-five participants representing the Parliament, the Presidential Administration, the Secretariat of Security Council, the Office of the Prime Minister, the Constitutional Council, the Supreme Court, the Health and Social Services Ministry, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the European Union, the US Drug Enforcement Agency and the Central Asian Regional Information Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and their Precursors (CARICC) took part.
International experts from Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America and Uzbekistan shared their experiences. Participants developed recommendations on how to counter the illicit trafficking of new psychoactive substances and discussed Kazakhstan’s draft law on state control over new psychoactive substances and countering their illicit distribution. The draft law - based on international experience - was prepared by the Interior Ministry.