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U.S. and Kazakhstan Work Together to Improve Border Security

April 9, 2009
On Thursday, April 9 at 12:00 pm U.S. Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland will present portable shelter complexes and related equipment valued at $700,000 to the Kazakhstan Border Guard Service.  The hand-over ceremony will take place at the Alkor plant, Ryskilov Avenue, Building 202, Almaty.  The equipment will be used as working and living facilities for Border Guard personnel assigned to remote locations within the Republic of Kazakhstan.  The completely furbished structures, produced by Alkor LTD, have been constructed using quality building materials and are ideally suited to the needs of the Kazakhstan Border Guard Service securing the desert plains along the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border.

Funding for these shelters was provided by the U.S. Department of State Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative (NSOI) in response to a need identified by the Kazakhstan Border Guard Service.  The U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) assistance program was established by the U.S. Department of State to work in cooperation with foreign governments to ensure strategic trade control systems meet international standards and to establish independent capabilities to interdict, investigate, and prosecute the illicit transfers of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), WMD- related items, and conventional arms.

To date, the U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) assistance program has donated nineteen portable shelter complexes to Kazakhstan border agencies.  Strengthening export controls and border security is a strategic priority for both Kazakhstan and the United States.  By sharing expertise and improving the capabilities of Kazakhstan's export control and border security agencies, Kazakhstan and the United States can work together to help prevent the illicit trafficking in weapons of mass destruction, dual-use technologies, and conventional arms. 

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