The event brought together representatives from UNODC, Drug Control Agency under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Central Asian countries, the diplomatic corps and international organizations accredited in Tajikistan, Embassy of Tajikistan in Austria, National Information and Analytical Center for Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, UNOV, UNAIDS, CSTO, CARICC, SCO and others.
“I would like to emphasize the important role of Tajikistan in addressing the trafficking of drugs, especially because of its long border with Afghanistan – one of the largest opium poppy-growing countries. Tajikistan is an active contributor to the regional counternarcotics efforts and plays an important role in promoting drug control cooperation. The review of the situation on narcotic drugs in the Republic of Tajikistan for 2021 is one of the elements to contribute to information and knowledge exchange in the region, and we encourage our partners to continue their efforts in developing information and analysis materials,” said Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, who moderated the event.
Major General of Justice Habibullo Vohidzoda, Director of the Drug Control Agency, made a presentation of the annual drug review for 2021. The policy of the Republic of Tajikistan in countering drug trafficking, efforts in the prevention of drug abuse and drug demand reduction, the counternarcotics activities of law enforcement agencies, relevant ministries and departments, public organizations, as well as related achievements and challenges were reflected in the review.
Habibullo Vohidzoda, in his speech, noted that the problem of drug trafficking and smuggling is transboundary in nature, and it requires, first of all, the strengthening of state borders. He called on donor countries and international organizations to provide financial, technical and logistical assistance to the authorized agencies of the Republic of Tajikistan in strengthening the Tajik-Afghan border, given the threats emanating from Afghanistan.
The presentation was followed by an exchange of views and questions and answers.