07ASTANA892, EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (MARCH

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07ASTANA892 2007-04-09 07:18 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 000892 
 
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AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE AND ASHGABAT FOR EXBS 
ADVISORS 
 
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TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP KZ
SUBJECT:  EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR'S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (MARCH 
2007) 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
      1. EXBS Advisor Mike Seguin departed post on March 15, due to 
receipt of military orders to Active Duty. TDY EXBS Advisor Larry 
Adkins arrived at post on March 7, 2007 and will depart on April 26, 
2007. 
 
      2. Industry-Government Relations Forum II. The EXBS office has 
received a cable requesting our cooperation and assistance in 
preparing for the DOE and DOC sponsored Industry-Government 
Relations Forum II in Almaty (June 7-8, 2007). The Department of 
Export Licensing and Department of Commerce's representative in 
Kazakhstan (Business Inform) will be doing all the logistical work 
and sending out information to desired participants. This event is 
still in the planning stage. 
 
      3. Safe-Boats maintenance. The key issues in order to return 
safe boats back to operation involve painting the hulls of the 
vessels with anti-fouling paint and maintenance. On March 21, 2007, 
Aktau Customs notified the Embassy that they had received a shipment 
addressed for the U.S. Embassy Kazakhstan (4 pcs., weighing 82 kg). 
This cargo was the anti-fouling paint for the Safe Boats that was 
shipped from the United States. The shipment arrived in Aktau 
Airport on March 15. Unfortunately the shipper, Sound Specialty 
Coatings Corporation, sent the paint to Aktau instead of Astana as 
requested. Due to the distance from Astana to Aktau, EXBS is 
utilizing the services of a Customs Broker in Aktau to clear the 
shipment through Customs procedures and then turn the paint over to 
a Border Guard representative from Bautino where the Safe Boats are 
currently stationed.  Program Assistant Gulnara Abildaeva is working 
closely with GSO, the Customs officials of Aktau, and the Customs 
Brokerage, firm to get the paint released from Customs before more 
storage fees accumulate. 
 
 4. Department of Energy Software Upgrades.  The Department of 
Energy (DOE) will send a representative from the Nuclear Technology 
Safety Center (NTSC) to the Dostyk and the Bakhty Border Control 
Posts from May 14-18 and the Maikapshagai Border Control Post from 
May 21-25, to conduct necessary software installation and upgrades 
to 3-each portable X-ray Florescence (XRF) metal analyzers that were 
provided to Kazakhstan Customs earlier in June of 2006.  EXBS, 
together with the NTSC representative, will also review how the 
units are being used at the ports of entry. 
 
 5. Volunteer Visitor Program. Since the February 26 meeting with 
the Customs Control Committee Chairman Askar Shakirov, where the 
proposed agenda for the upcoming Volunteer Visitor Program and the 
time frame (May 11-20) was discussed, the EXBS team has been waiting 
for the final confirmation from Mr. Shakirov.  Although the 
timeframe discussed was acceptable to Mr. Shakirov, we have not 
received the necessary paperwork (EVBDs) from his office to initiate 
the proposed visit with the Voluntary Visitors Program. 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
 1. On March 26 INL and EXBS team had a meeting with the Deputy 
Director of the Border Guard Service, Head of the Main Division of 
Border Control, Major-General Tursyn Uazhanov. The meeting was 
organized by INL office for the visit of INL Program Officer Aaron 
Alton from Washington, D.C. INL had asked for feedback from the 
Border Guards on the results of the donations/training assistance 
 
ASTANA 00000892  002 OF 003 
 
 
provided by the INL program. EXBS supports this query and expressed 
its interest in similar data for the EXBS program. EXBS Advisor 
Larry Adkins reinforced the message that co-operation between the 
programs - INL, EXBS, DTRO - is of vital importance in order for the 
programs not to overlap efforts and to provide better assistance. 
INL Officer Scott Waldo suggested that in the future such meetings 
should be attended by all the involved Embassy offices. The meeting 
was a good opportunity for EXBS to
 meet with the high-ranking border 
guard officials and to promote the program. 
 
B.  TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
 1. Bucharest Export Control Conference.  Kazakhstan's delegation to 
the 8th Annual Export Control Conference in Bucharest, Romania 
(March 6-8) consisted of two officials: Sergey Savelyev, 
representing Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ernar Bakenov, 
representing Customs Control Committee under the Ministry of 
Finance. The event was well organized and attended. The Kazakhstani 
delegation has confirmed that such conferences reinforce the 
willingness and enthusiasm of the government officials to promote 
improvements at their home country. 
 
 2. Land Coastal Border Enforcement Exchange in Phoenix, Arizona and 
San-Diego, CA. March 19-25. Six representatives of the Kazakhstani 
Border Guard, Customs and Foreign Affairs agencies participated in 
the event. 
This project was sponsored and hosted by the Arizona National Guard 
and organized by the Office of Military Cooperation (OMC) in Astana. 
 Gulnara Abildaeva, EXBS Program Manager, and Anara Nabieva, PfP 
Program Assistant (OMC) accompanied the group and reported that 
event was well organized.  Maj. Ben Luoma of the Arizona National 
Guard and Captain Strangfeld of the U.S. Coast Guard did an 
excellent job of providing tours through their facilities and 
showing the command and control capabilities utilized by these 
agencies.  However, there were some problems with the behavior of 
the Kazakhstan officials who participated in the event.  Although 
they were high ranking officials from Border Guard, Customs and 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, their attitudes demonstrated an 
indifference to the goals of the exchange program.  They were also 
very rude and disrespectful to the two female Embassy employees who 
accompanied the group as interpreters.  Post will follow up with the 
GOK regarding their unacceptable behavior. 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
      1. No equipment delivered during this reporting period. 
 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
 1. Product Identification Training (PIT) April 3-5.  Department of 
Commerce (DOC) is planning to conduct Product Identification Tool 
Training (PIT) in Almaty. This training focuses on the 
identification of nuclear, biological, and chemical materials, the 
use of Kazakhstan's software and licensing systems to identify 
materials, what to do if questionable materials are suspected at 
Border Crossings, as well as methods of processing licensing 
applications. 
All Country Clearances and necessary Diplomatic Notes were processed 
by EXBS.  EXBS Advisor Larry Adkins and EXBS Program Assistant 
Gulnara Abildaeva will attend the training event. 
 
 2. Task Order 79 Donation. Task Order 79 for the EXBS donation of 
Ural Trucks and Border Guard Shelters is nearing fruition.  We were 
 
ASTANA 00000892  003 OF 003 
 
 
notified by LATA on March 13, 2007 that four of the eleven URAL 
trucks we ordered had arrived in Astana and would be delivered to 
the Border Guard Station in Kyzylorda.  It is expected that the 
remaining trucks and shelters to be donated will arrive in April or 
May; however, definite delivery dates have not yet been determined. 
The Ambassador will be asked to participate in a dedication ceremony 
at an appropriate time. 
 
 3. X-Ray Van Repairs. The Department of Energy (DOE) will send 
technicians to maintain the donated X-Ray Van at the Korday Customs 
Post on the Kazakhstan - Kyrgyzstan Border April 14-16, and to 
Shymkent city - on the Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan border April 18-20. 
The EXBS team is planning to support the X-Ray van team and conduct 
Border Site Assessments at the Korday Customs Post on Kyrgyz border 
and on Zhibek Zholy and Kazgurt Customs Posts on the Uzbek border. 
The EXBS team will also inspect the state of donated equipment at 
the mentioned posts. 
 
 4. Preliminary Second Line of Defense (SLD) site survey. The Second 
Line of Defense (SLD) program team will conduct construction and 
integration efforts in the placement of radiation detection 
equipment and portal monitors to vehicle crossing sites throughout 
Kazakhstan. The dates for this project have been moved from April 
2007 to May 2007 (May 1-31). 
 
E. SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS IN EXPORT CONTROLS, NONPROLIFERATION, OR 
RELATED BORDER SECURITY 
 
 1. None. 
 
F. CASPIAN SECURITY INFORMATION 
 
      1. None. 
 
III. RED FLAG ISSUES. 
 
 1. None. 
 
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