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EXBS and the Customs Control Committee of the Ministry of Finance sign Memorandum of Understanding

December 27, 2012

On December 27, 2012, the U.S. Embassy’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) office and the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Customs Control Committee of the Ministry of Finance signed a memorandum of understanding to provide technical assistance for the construction of a training-methodological center in Kazakhstan.  EXBS will assist the Customs Control Committee with both technical equipment and infrastructure development for a WMD (weapons of mass destruction) practical exercise training area over the next few years.  This practical exercise training area will be designed to instruct customs officers in the detection and interdiction of WMD and WMD-related materials at rail, vehicular and air border crossing points. 

The EXBS program has been working in the Republic of Kazakhstan since 1999 and has provided approximately $27 million in infrastructure development, technical assistance, and training for Kazakhstani border security officials.  All EXBS assistance is intended to help establish strategic trade control systems that meet international standards and develop the capabilities to detect, interdict, investigate, and prosecute the illicit transfers of WMD, WMD-related items, and conventional arms.