Regional Office for Capacity Building for the World Customs Organization Europe Region

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The European Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB) of the World Customs Organization (WCO) facilitated a crucial online meeting between the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Counter Narcotics Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Turkey. The meeting, attended by representatives from the Directorate of Counter Narcotics of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the Narcotics Training Academy  (NEA), the Dog Training Centre (KEM), and relevant structures of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, focused on combating illegal drug trafficking and enhancing cooperation in this critical area.

During the meeting, participants discussed the current state of illegal drug trafficking and explored opportunities for strengthening cooperation. A significant highlight of the meeting was the presentation of the "International Training Catalogue," a comprehensive resource developed by NEA. This catalogue comprises 25 specialized training modules covering a wide range of topics related to combating illegal drug trafficking. Some of the modules included in the catalogue are "Risk analysis and search at airports," "Service dogs and trainers for the detection of narcotic substances," and "Investigation" These modules are designed to enhance the skills and knowledge of law enforcement officials involved in combating illegal drug trafficking.

The meeting concluded with mutual presentations, where participants shared detailed insights into the training courses offered and discussed future prospects for collaboration. The discussions underscored the commitment of both Azerbaijani and Turkish authorities to combatting illegal drug trafficking and the significance of international cooperation in addressing this global challenge.

The ROCB Europe continues to play a pivotal role in facilitating such important dialogues, promoting collaboration among member countries, and strengthening the capacity of customs administrations to effectively tackle transnational crimes like illegal drug trafficking.