This workshop aimed to enhance the capacities of the law enforcement agencies in tandem with prosecutorial and central authorities from both Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan, to conduct cross-border organized crime investigations by strengthening their information exchange mechanisms.
Transnational organized crime cannot be addressed effectively without a close cross-border multi-agency co-operation. In the framework of assisting criminal justice system agencies in Central Asia to strengthen their capacities to combat transnational organized crime, the Transnational Threats Department’s Strategic Police Matters Unit organized on an annual basis, six regional workshop in the region between 2007 and 2012. This meeting launched a series of new, improved workshops, to build further cross-border co-operation between two countries.
Participants from relevant institutions of the two countries as well as from France and Turkey, OSCE executive structures and international partner organizations, shared their experience and exchange their views on legal provisions, mechanisms and tools for enhancing cross-border organized crime investigations, by strengthening the information exchange mechanisms between law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial and central authorities from the Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan.
After a first day of presentations, the second day of the workshop was devoted to real criminal cases involving multi-agency cross-border co-operation. Participants also explored the strategic outlook for further co-operation between the pertinent institutions of the two countries.
The workshop was organized by Transnational Threats Department’s Strategic Police Matters Unit and the OSCE Centre in Bishkek, in co-operation with the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, in coordination with UNODC and with the support of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Interior.