Japan contributes 2.6 million USD to UNODC project in Uzbekistan

On October 20, Mr. Nobuaki Ito, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Ms. Ashita Mittal, the Regional Representative of the Regional Office for Central Asia, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, exchanged notes regarding the Project for Countering Trafficking of Afghan Narcotics in Uzbekistan through the establishment of interagency mobile teams, for which Japan will contribute 2.6 Million USD.
In response to the fact that the “northern route” crossing through Uzbekistan is becoming a major route for the trafficking of Afghan narcotics, the project aims to strengthen the capacities of Uzbek law enforcement agencies including border control, customs and drug control offices. Technical assistance will be provided, inter alia, for the establishment of Interagency Mobile Teams. UNODC will be implementing the project with the relevant agencies of Uzbekistan.
On the occasion of the visit of Mr. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, to Central Asia in October 2015, Japan and Uzbekistan jointly confirmed the importance of their cooperation in the area of drugs and border controls. Japan and the UNODC regard it as one of the pillars of the Japan-UNODC partnership to strengthen efforts in capacity building of law enforcement and criminal justice for countering drugs in Afghanistan and neighboring countries. It is expected that the project, which utilizes UNODC’s expertise built upon its experiences in Central Asia, will contribute to eradicating illicit trafficking of Afghan narcotics in Uzbekistan.
For further information:

UNODC Central Asia (English)
The Embassy of Japan in Uzbekistan (Russian)