An eight-day OSCE regional course “Management of Specialist Demilitarization Activities” for some 40 military and civilian experts focusing on Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Level 3 Plus began on 16 October 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Participants from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will enhance their managerial skills in adherence with specific requirements of international guidelines and best practices for the safe, effective and efficient demilitarization of conventional ammunition and explosives. Experts from Belarus, Slovenia and the United Kingdom will share their experiences.
Two parallel 11-day courses on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) level 3, supported by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, were concluded in Dushanbe on 21 July 2017. The courses for Russian-speaking and Tajik-Dari speaking students, respectively, were attended by 42 trainees from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan.
DUSHANBE, 30 May 2017 – Two parallel 14-day courses on explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) supported by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan concluded in Dushanbe today. The courses – for Russian-speaking and Tajik-Dari speaking students, respectively – were attended by 42 trainees from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Tajikistan.
“The EOD training programme, facilitated by the OSCE Office in Tajikistan, has been developed in line with international mine action standards and corresponds to national and regional requirements on the ground,” said Fabio Piana, Acting Head of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan. “The Office is particularly proud of the solid international and national partnerships that have enabled implementation of such training courses for the fourth year in a row.”
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office in Tajikistan (OiT) facilitates regional cooperation and coordination in the field of mine action in Central Asia, predominantly focusing on but not limited to inter-military cooperation. This approach falls under the OSCE concept of comprehensive and cooperative security. One of the best examples of this cooperation is the OSCE extra-budgetary project, the Integrated Cooperation on Explosive Hazards Programme (ICExH), which has been running since mid-2013. The project received financial support from the governments of Austria and the Netherlands in the past, while the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) has provided funding since 2014.