07ASTANA3351, EXBS KAZAKHSTAN ADVISOR’S MONTHLY REPORTING CABLE (NOVEMBER

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07ASTANA3351 2007-12-21 02:25 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Astana

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 04 ASTANA 003351 
 
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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 (NOVEMBER 
2007) 
 
I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
An amendment to the U.S.-Kazakhstan Cooperative Threat Reduction 
(CTR) Umbrella Agreement (UA) of December 13, 1993, has been signed. 
 This amendment extends the agreement, which was to expire on 
December 13, 2007. 
 
II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
A. SITE ASSESSMENTS AND MEETINGS CONDUCTED 
 
1. A site assessment of the Kurmangazy vehicle and pedestrian border 
crossing with Russia was conducted on November 1, 2007.  This border 
site, which is located on the right bank of the Kigash River in the 
Kurmangazinsk District of Atyrau Providence, consists of a newly 
constructed vehicle and pedestrian bridge, which replaces a ferry 
barge system, and a newly constructed single check-point 
inspectional facility, which operates continuously. 
 
2. A site assessment of the Atyrau Airport was conducted on November 
2, 2007.  Atyrau, which is the capital of Atyrau Province, is 
located 2,700 kilometers west of Almaty and 350 kilometers east of 
the Russian city of Astrakhan. This airport operates around the 
clock with international flights operating primarily to and from 
Europe and Turkey.  Much of the cargo handled by this port is bound 
for the oil rigs in the Caspian Sea. 
 
3. A site assessment of the Aktau Airport was conducted on November 
5, 2007.  Aktau, which is the capital of Mangystau Province, is 
located on the Mangyshlak Peninsula and is the only Kazakhstan city 
with a seaport on the Caspian Sea.  Because of this there is a great 
deal of concern over the airport's capacity to sustain the growing 
demand for services. This airport terminal, which operates 
continuously, is scheduled to undergo major reconstruction starting 
in 2008.  Most of the international cargo and passenger flights 
operate between a range of countries, including Russia, Turkey, 
Azerbaijan, Great Britain, and Georgia. 
 
4. A site assessment of the Aktau Seaport was conducted on November 
6, 2007. This facility, which is Kazakhstan's only seaport on the 
Caspian Sea, consists of piers and warehouse serving both commercial 
cargo and a ferry vessel for passengers and vehicles.  The passenger 
ferry services Baku while vehicles are transported to and from Iran. 
 The port has seven access points and is serviced by rail and 
vehicle traffic. 
 
5. A site assessment of the Temirbaba vehicle border crossing with 
Turkmenistan was conducted on November 7, 2007.  This vehicle border 
crossing is scheduled to be replaced in 2008 with a new $6 million 
dollar single check-point inspectional facility.  The Second Line of 
Defense project will not be implemented at this port until after the 
completion of the new construction. 
 
6. A meeting was held on November 1, 2007, at the Kurmangazy vehicle 
and pedestrian border crossing, with Mr. Altay Hasenov, Head of the 
Department of Nuclear Materials Control and Technical Devices for 
the Atyrau Customs office, and Mr. Doskariev Gibratjan, Deputy Head 
of Customs.  Discussion centered on the newly constructed vehicle 
bridge and single check-point port facilities as well as equipment 
and manpower requirements of the port in order to meet the projected 
increase in commercial and passenger traffic that will be generated 
by the completion of the vehicle bridge.  Because of the strategic 
location of this port and the rapidly improving road system in the 
 
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area, this port is an excellent candidate for EXBS assistance to 
supplement the Second Line of Defense Radiation Portal Monitors. 
 
7. A meeting was held on November 2, 2007, at the Atyrau airport 
with Mr. Altay Hasenov, Head of the Department of Nuclear Materials 
Control and Technical Devices for the Atyrau Customs office, Mr. 
Baltuev Muhfuz, Head of the Atyrau Airport Customs Post, Mr. 
Drazakov Totlon, Shift Supervisor for the Atyrau Customs Post, and 
Mr. Kemol bei Afkov, Deputy Director of the airport company. 
Discussions centered on
customs control of the airport, and manpower 
and infrastructure requirements to secure the airport facility from 
any possible smuggling of nuclear, chemical, and biological related 
material.  In addition to the terminal arrival and departure gates 
there is a VIP entrance/exit, and four gates that are used by 
vehicle and pedestrian traffic in support of airport operations. 
 
8. A meeting was held on November 5, 2007, at the Aktau airport, 
with Mr. Temirbek Ibrasher, Acting Head of the Customs post at the 
Aktau Airport, Mr. Alexander Desnikov, Aviation Security Officer, 
Mr. Alibek Mazhikenov, Deputy General Director for the Aktau 
Airport, Evgeny Rayavkin, Chief of Communication Services, and Mr. 
Kameshov Amaugeldy, Head of Aviation Security.  Discussions centered 
on the projected reconstruction of the airport facilities and 
projected increase of international air traffic created by the 
increase in oil production activity in the Caspian Sea area serviced 
by Aktau. 
 
9. A meeting was held on November 6, 2007, at the Mangystau Province 
Customs Department Headquarters in Aktau, with Mr.Albek Kantov, Head 
of the Customs Control Department, Mr. Erlan Butkeouv, Deputy Head 
of the Customs Control Department, and Mr. Muratbek Spabekov, Head 
of the Aktau Division of Customs Control Office.  Discussion 
centered on the increased attention the region is receiving from the 
central government because of its strategic location and the growing 
oil production capability of the area.  The Government of Kazakhstan 
recent commitment of additional expenditures on infrastructure 
improvements in the region were discussed as were the manpower and 
equipment requirements to secure the region from the smuggling of 
nuclear, chemical, and biological related materials. 
 
10. A meeting was held on November 6, 2007, at the Aktau Seaport, 
with Mr. Amir Atambaev, Head of the Customs Post Aktau Seaport, Mr. 
Erlik Samagulov, Deputy Commander of the Marine Border Guards, and 
Mr. Vasily Novikov, Deputy Head of the Aktau Seaport. Discussions 
centered on manpower and equipment requirements to secure the 
countries only seaport on the Caspian Sea from the smuggling of 
nuclear, chemical, and biological related material. Also discussed 
was the proposed addition of new deep water piers and facilities 
which will provide the capability of handling larger commercial 
vessels from all countries bordering the Caspian Sea. 
 
11. A meeting was held on November 6, 2007, at the Aktau Seaport 
Border Guard base, with Admiral Berkliyev, Commander of the Maritime 
Brigade in Aktau.  Discussions centered on the winterization of the 
EXBS donated FAST boats and continued support of the EXBS mission. 
 
12. A meeting was held on November 7, 2007, at the Temirbaba vehicle 
crossing with Mr. Erlan Kilibaev, Head of the Customs Post, and 
Arhat Uohbaev, Senior Controller.  Discussion centered on the 
construction of the new border inspection facility and the impact 
this will have on port operations.  The new infrastructure at this 
facility, when completed, should greatly enhance the posts capacity 
of preventing the smuggling of nuclear, chemical, and biological 
 
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related material by integrating the border regulatory agencies into 
a single check point facility, with adequate inspectional areas, and 
integrated Radiation Portal Monitors. 
13. On November 12-13, 2007, the EXBS Advisor participated in the 
U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan's Country Team Offsite meeting at the 
Okzhepes Sanatorium in Brovorvoe, Kazakhstan.  Topics involving EXBS 
included discussions of progress made in achieving the FY 2009 
Mission Strategic Plan goals of Partners in Regional and Strategic 
Security and Ensuring Non-Proliferation to Bolster Global Security. 
Also discussed were matters related to EXBS participation in 
International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS) 
and how to improve services providers adherence with the mission's 
service goals. 
 
 
B.  TRAINING DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD 
 
1.  On November 26-27, Kevin Cummings, U.S. export control 
specialist, assisted a Kazakhstan nongovernmental organization, 
Business Inform, in conducting a "Product Identification Tool (PIT) 
Technical Workshop" in Shymkent for Kazakh Customs officials in that 
region.  This training focuses on the identification of nuclear, 
biological, and chemical materials, and the use of Kazakhstan's 
software and licensing systems. The PIT project is part of the U.S. 
- Kazakhstan bilateral cooperation on export controls under EXBS. 
 
 
 
 
 
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 Donations.  Delivery of the original water tanks 
for the four modular shelters donated to the Border Guards was 
delayed due to difficulties encountered in the Customs clearance 
process created by a change in the Kazakhstani law which required 
the submission of the Shipper's Exportation Declaration (SED) for 
all shipments arriving in Kazakhstan. 
 The EXBS office applied to the Ministry of Economy and Budget 
Planning to approve the release of the water tanks from the Almaty 
airport warehouse without charging the warehouse storage fees. The 
official letter from the  Vice Minister, Ministry of Economic and 
Budget Planning, approving the release of the water tanks from the 
Almaty airport warehouse without charging the warehouse storage fees 
was passed on to the Customs Control Committee on November 19. 
However, the letter has not made it to the local customs authority 
in Almaty and the water tanks are still being held. 
 
1. Department of Energy Second Line of Defense (DOE/SLD) continues 
with its project to install portal monitors at border sites.  A 
diplomatic note was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
requesting its assistance in gaining duty free entry of the DOE/SLD 
radiation portal monitoring equipment scheduled to arrive in 
Kazakhstan during January 2007.  This equipment to be installed at 
the following Phase One sites:  Kordai, Karasu, Sapytai Batyr, 
Kazgurt, Zhibek Zholy, Kaplanbek, and Sary-Agash. 
 
 
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2. A Commodity Identification Training (CIT) course for Customs 
Control Committee personnel was conducted the week of December 3, 
2007, in Brovorvoe, Kazakhstan.  This was the fifth CIT seminar in 
Kazakhstan and the second one that will not require U.S. instructors 
to present any training materials.  The training was monitored by 
Richard Talley, Program Manager for the Causasus Region and Central 
Asia for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security &
#x000A;Administration's (DOE/NNSA) International Nonproliferation Export 
Control Program (INECP), and Chuck Willingham, Staff Engineer, 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. 
 
4.  On December 8, 2007, the EXBS Advisor met with Mr. Richard 
Talley, Program Manager for the Caucasus Region and Central Asia 
for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security 
Administration's (DOE/NNSA) International Nonproliferation Export 
Control Program (INECP), and Mr. Chuck Willingham, Staff Engineer, 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, on the International 
Nonproliferation Export Control Program's country plan for 
Kazakhstan and to discuss proposed training for Customs and Border 
Guards during 2008. 
 
5. From December 3 - 7, 2007, EXBS Program Manager Gulnara Abildaeva 
and EXBS Program Assistant Oxana Limareva travelled to Frankfurt, 
Germany, to participate in the Foreign Service Institute's training 
class on Managing Foreign Assistance Awards Overseas. This course 
prepares employees to link assistance programs with post-specific 
strategic planning goals and objectives and to develop a 
post-specific assistance awards program from concept and design, 
through implementation and management, to evaluation of the 
results. 
 
6.  There will be an International Counterprofliferation (ICP) 
program "WMD International Investigations" course, taught in Astana, 
Kazakhstan, from January 28 - February 1, 2008.  This course is 
designed for approximately 30-35 criminal investigators to enhance 
specialized investigative skills transnational investigations of 
Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents. 
 
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 
 
POC for this report is Robert Colbert, EXBS Advisor, Email: 
Colbertrj@state.gov, Phone +7 (3172) 70 2420; EXBS Program Manager 
Gulnara Abildaeva, Email: AbildaevaG@state.gov, Phone +7 (3172) 70 
2320; EXBS Program Assistant Oxana Limareva, Email: 
LimarevaO@state.gov, Phone +7 (3172) 70 2237. 
 
 
 
ORDWAY

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