07ASTANA2101, EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE

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07ASTANA2101 2007-08-03 08:50 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 03 ASTANA 002101 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR ISN/ECC PVANSON, ACHURCH, JHARTSHORN 
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DEPT FOR EUR/ACE RBUCK 
DEPT FOR SCA/RA JSCHLOSSER 
DEPT FOR SCA/CEN M. O'MARA 
CBP/INA FOR CDONOFRIO AND RWATT 
USDOE/NNSA CWALKER, TPERRY AND EDESCHLER 
DOC FOR DCREED AND GPETERSEN-BEARD 
USCG FOR BGOLDEN 
AMEMBASSY BERLIN FOR CUSTOMS ATTACHE 
AMEMBASSY TASHKENT, BISHKEK, BAKU, DUSHANBE AND ASHGABAT FOR EXBS 
ADVISORS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ETTC MNUC PARM PREL KSTC KNNP KZ
SUBJECT:  EXBS: KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR'S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE 
(MAY-JUNE 2007) 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
      1. TDY EXBS Jim Kelly departed post on June 21. 
 
     2. Small Boat Operations Course in Aktau, July 9-20. The EXBS 
office has received a cable requesting our cooperation and 
assistance in preparing for an advance Safe Boat Operations Course 
for Kazakhstan Maritime Border Guards in Aktau, Kazakhstan. EXBS 
sent a CC Cable for the U.S. Coast Guard team and a Diplomatic Note 
requesting Kazakhstan Maritime Border Guards' participation. 
 
 3. Administrative Enforcement Training (AE). The Department of 
Commerce will send one U.S. export control technical specialist to 
Kazakhstan to assist the Customs Control Committee to conduct an 
Administrative Enforcement Workshop for customs officials in Almaty 
on July 11-12. EXBS sent the CC Cable for a U.S. technical 
specialist and a Diplomatic Note requesting Kazakhstan Customs' 
participation. 
 
     4. ISN/ECC Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) 
Program Manager for Central Asia Jeff Hartshorn visited Kazakhstan 
for a program review and consultations with Embassy and GOK 
officials from June 25 to June 29. 
 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
 1. May 14-18 - TDY Advisor Kevin Cummings and Kazakhstan EXBS 
Program Manager Gulnara Abildaeva traveled to the Dostyk Customs 
Port and the Bakhty Border Crossing on the Kazakhstan-China border. 
The EXBS team accompanied the representative from the Nuclear 
Technology Safety Center (NTSC) to Dostyk and Bakhty to conduct 
Border Site Assessments.  As part of the assessment process, the 
EXBS team inspected all equipment donated by EXBS and reviewed port 
facilities, operations and procedures. The Border Guards do the 
majority of searches on the passenger trains and on the external 
area of all cargo trains- a function normally performed by customs 
in the United States and in most other countries. Both the Border 
Guards and Customs at Dostyk would like a site visit to a US rail 
entry port to understand the US inspection process at international 
rail facilities. Those assessment reports have been submitted to 
INS/ECC Country Lead Jeffrey Hartshorn. 
 
      2. Department of Energy Software Upgrades. May 14-25 - A 
representative of NTSC upgraded the software for the portable X-ray 
Florescence (XRF) metal analyzers provided to the Dostyk, Bakhty and 
Maikapchagai customs posts. 
 
 
      3. June 14-15 - TDY Advisor Jim Kelly and EXBS Program 
Assistant Oxana Limareva performed an assessment of the status and 
capabilities of the Kazakhstan Border Guards and Customs at the 
border posts of Zhana-Zhol and Kyzyl-Zhar along the Kazakh-Russian 
border.  During the assessment the EXBS team also surveyed equipment 
donated to the Government of Kazakhstan under the Export Control and 
Related Border Security Assistance (EXBS) program, observed how 
Kazakhstan Customs and Border Guards officers conduct inspections of 
commercial trucks, and examined the commodities and vehicles 
crossing the border in both directions. 
 
      4. On June 19, the Ambassador, TDY EXBS Advisor, EXBS Program 
Manager and Chief of USAID Astana office attended a meeting with the 
 
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Chairman of the Customs Control Committee, General Karbuzov. Customs 
procedures and Volunteer Visitor Programs were discussed. 
 
      5. During his June 25-29 trip to Kazakhstan, EXBS Program 
Manager for Central Asia Jeff Hartshorn attended country team and 
met with the Ambassador, DCM, Pol/Econ, INL, DTRO and USAID 
Officers. He also met in Astana with the Kazakhstan Border Guards, 
Customs and Ministry of Industry and Trade officials to discuss what 
Kazakhstan border security agencies need to improve their 
capabilities to prevent WMD. General Berkaliyev, first deputy 
director of the Border Guards Service stated that he looks forward &#x000A
;to increased cooperation with the United States in the fight illegal 
activity. On June 29 Jeff Hartshorn with INL Staff and the Second 
Line of Defense (SLD team) visited the Customs K-9 Training Center 
in Almaty. 
 
B.  TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
 1. Industry-Government Relations Forum. TDY EXBS Advisor Jim Kelly 
and Kazakhstan EXBS Program Manager Gulnara Abildaeva attended the 
Industry-Government Relations Forum (IGR) on June 7-8 in Almaty. 
During the discussions, representatives from the Prime Minister's 
office and the Ministry of Industry and Trade expressed a desire to 
obtain (in some cases further) assistance in the following areas: 
 
      a) Internal Control Programs; 
      b) Product Identification Training; 
      c) Administrative Enforcement Training; 
      d) Industry Partnerships; 
      e) enhancing/creating websites; and 
      f) acquiring information on export control systems in other 
countries. 
 
During general discussions, government officials indicated that they 
could also use assistance in modernizing customs laws and procedures 
and automating their export license information 
 
 
C. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
      1. No equipment delivered during this reporting period. 
 
D. IMMINENT TRAINING OR EQUIPMENT STATUS UPDATE 
 
 1. Task Order 79 Donation. Task Order 79 for the EXBS donation of 
Ural Trucks and Border Guard Shelters is nearing completion. EXBS 
was notified by Kazakhstan Border Guards that eleven URAL trucks had 
arrived at their final destination. Definite delivery dates for the 
shelters have not yet been determined. 
 
 2. Preliminary Department of Energy Second Line of Defense 
(DOE/SLD) site survey. The Second Line of Defense (SLD) program team 
will develop an installation and integration plan for the placement 
of radiation detection equipment and portal monitors at vehicle 
crossing sites throughout Kazakhstan. The date for the start of this 
project has been moved from July 1 to October 1. 
 
     3. Product Identification Tool Training (PIT). Commonwealth 
Trading Partners (CTP) Export Control Specialist Elizabeth Antonia 
Smiroldo conducted a two day Product Identification Tool (PIT) 
Technical Workshop for Kazakhstan Customs in Aktobe  on June 21-22. 
CTP Export Control Specialist Adrian Boanca conducted PIT for 
Kazakhstan Customs in Ust-Kamenogorsk on June 26-27. Assisting in 
the training was CTP's in country representative Business Inform, 
 
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who translated the PIT into Russian and modified the software to 
make the program more useful and user friendly. PIT participants 
gave praised the training and the usefulness of the PIT software. 
 
 
 4. The Kazakhstan Border Guards Service postponed the U.S. Cost 
Guard Mobile training scheduled for July 9 to July 20 because the 
hull of the Safe boats provided to 
Kazakhstan Border Guards in May of 2006 are not painted with the 
anti-fouling paint.  Two Safe boats are also not operational. The 
training was moved from July to October. 
 
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. 
 
MILAS

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