WCO Programme Global Shield continues fruitful cooperation with OSCE Border Management Staff College

05 February 2015

The OSCE Border Management Staff College hosted the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) Programme Global Shield (PGS) regional training course from 26 to 30 January 2015 in Dushanbe.

Twenty-seven Customs officers from Customs Administrations of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Tajikistan participated in the training. During the training course, participants got in-depth knowledge on identification and recognition of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), dual-use precursor chemicals used in manufacturing IEDs, and Customs risk assessment methodologies. International and national policies and measures to reduce risks posed by chemicals were also discussed during the training course.

Trainees gained hands-on experience with PGS presumptive chemical test kits and devices that enable law enforcement agencies and the military to obtain quick identification of chemicals.

"This course is one of a series of training events designed to help secure the global supply chain and create a network of PGS experts around the world," said Acting Director of the OSCE Border Management Staff College, Flemming Hansen Splidsboel.

WCO’s Programme Global Shield Programme Manager Jeffrey Wickett said: "Programme Global Shield is a regional effort to counter the illicit diversion and trafficking of precursor chemicals used by terrorist and other criminal organizations to manufacture explosive devices."

In parallel with the PGS training the Second PGS Operational Coordination Meeting (OCM) took place from 28-29 January. The event was opened by OSCE Ambassador in Tajikistan Markus Muller, BMSC Acting Director Dr. Flemming Splidsboel Hansen and Deputy Chairman of Customs Service of Republic of Tajikistan Mr. Tohir Nurov.

The Operational Coordination Meeting was attended by coordinators of PGS operations from Afghanistan, India, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan reported about progress on their activities conducted in close co-operation with the national Customs Administrations.  WCO/UNODC Container Control Programme (CCP) regional coordinators for Central Asia and for South Asia, as well as country coordinators for Afghanistan and Pakistan shared the experience of the CCP in conducting similar law enforcement operations.

It was decided that the Operational Coordination Meetings will continue to support future activities.