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05ALMATY1522
2005-04-15 12:03:00
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US Office Almaty
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EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE

Tags:   ETTC  MNUC  PARM  PREL  KSTC  KNNP  KZ  EXBS 
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						UNCLAS  ALMATY 001522 

SIPDIS


DEPT FOR NP/ECC PVANSON, ACHURCH, JGABRYSZEWSKI
CBP/INA FOR PWALKER AND CDONOFRIO
USDOE/NNSA FOR TPERRY
DEPT FOR EUR/ACE DMARTIN
DOC FOR PETERSON-BEARD
AMEMBASSY BERLIN FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE FOR EXBS
ADVISORS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP KZ EXBS
SUBJECT: EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE
(MARCH 2005)



I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS:



1. Andrew Offenbacher, incoming EXBS Advisor to
Kazakhstan, arrived at Post Almaty on March 10. Richard
Morrissey, outgoing EXBS Advisor, departed for the United
States on March 17. The new EXBS advisor spent his first
week at post meeting embassy staff, attending orientations
and learning about the program from Mr. Morrissey and Ms.
Gulnara Abildaeva, EXBS Program Manager.



2. The EXBS office drafted five diplomatic notes in March
for EXBS-sponsored trainings and visits scheduled for
April.

END SUMMARY.

II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD



A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED



1. No site assessments were conducted this month.



2. On March 9 EXBS Advisor Morrissey attended a meeting
with Jonathan M. Aloisi, Political Advisor, and Robin L.
Fontes, Chief of Regional Engagement of the Combined Forces
Command, Kabul, Afghanistan. Representatives from Embassy
Almaty's SAO and INL office also participated in the
meeting. The group discussed US bilateral programs focused
on counterterrorism and border security in the Central
Asian region. Mr. Aloisi and Mr. Fontes requested that
this office keep them apprised of EXBS Kazakhstan's
activities.



B. TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD



1. March 14-18, 2005 -- Gulnara Abildaeva, EXBS Program
Manager, attended a regional procurement workshop for
locally employed staff in Baku, Azerbaijan.



C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD.



1. No equipment was delivered this month.



2. The total value of equipment delivered, including
pending deliveries is $7,535,960.83.



D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE.



1. April 7-8, 2005 - Commonwealth Trading Partners will
hold a Preparatory Conference for its Product
Identification Tool (PIT) in Astana. The event will be
attended by representatives from the Ministry of Industry
and Trade and the Customs Control Committee of Kazakhstan.
The two-day event will initiate the PIT software
development project.



2. April 11-14, 2005 - Commonwealth Training Partners will
conduct a Targeting and Risk Management workshop at the
Dostyk Hotel in Almaty. The purpose of the workshop is to
improve the ability of customs officers to identify high-
risk shipments.



3. April 18-22, 2005 - The University of Georgia's Center
for International Trade and Security (CITS) will conduct an
assessment of Kazakhstan's export control system. Three
CITS staff members have requested to meet with government
officials, NGO representatives, and industry contacts in
Astana and Almaty. The assessment team also plans to visit
a border post.



4. April 18-22, 2005 - EXBS Program Manager Gulnara
Abildaeva will travel to Aktau to hand over $300,000 in
parts and equipment for the SeaArk boat to the Marine


Division of the Kazakhstani Border Guard. Another goal of
the trip is to determine mooring points for the three EXBS-
funded SafeBoats scheduled to be delivered in August.
While there Ms. Abildaeva will also conduct an inventory of
equipment purchased by the EXBS program in Aktau and
Bautino.



E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS,
NONPROLIFERATION, OR RELATED BORDER SECURITY.



1. Dastan Eleukenov, former Director of the Center for
Nonproliferation Studies' Almaty Branch Office has begun
work in a new position as the Deputy Director of the
Multilateral Cooperation Department at the Kazakhstani
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. EXBS works closely with this
department in planning for and implementing training
programs and equipment procurements.

III. RED FLAG ISSUES.



1. None.

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EXBS ADVISOR

Andrew Offenbacher, US Embassy Almaty, telephone:
+7(3272)504802 (ext. 4945 or 4852), mobile: +7 333 2251156,
fax: +7(3272)504897, email: OffenbacherAS@state.gov

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