A ten-day OSCE regional course for some 30 military and civilian experts entitled Becoming an Intelligent Customer for Safe Demilitarization Operations began on 16 October 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Participants from Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will enhance their awareness of and skills for adhering to international guidelines and best practices for the safe, effective and efficient demilitarization of conventional ammunition and explosives. An expert from the United Kingdom will share experiences and best practices in this regard.
On 1 October 2018, the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe hosted Norwegian Ambassador to Central Asia, H.E. Ole Johan Bjornoy.
Ambassador Bjornoy met with the Executive Office and project staff of the OSCE Programme Office. The Ambassador was briefed about project accomplishments currently and previously funded by Norway, regional developments in Central Asia and related opportunities for co-operation.
Forty-one specialists from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan completed a two-week training course on explosive ordnance disposal in Dushanbe on 24 April 2018. The course was organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe as a part of its multi-year capacity-building effort.
The course was the first part of the fourth annual explosive ordinance disposal training cycle. Over the year the same participants will be returning to Dushanbe to attend more advanced courses in explosive ordnance disposal. Their graduation from the final course in the training cycle will take place on 5 September 2018.
A two-week training course on first aid and evacuation of wounded started on 5 March 2018 in Dushanbe. The course is organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe as part of its programme on the disposal of explosive ordnance.
Seventeen medical doctors from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan working in different law enforcement agencies are attending the course.