Kick-off of EU Central Asia Drug Action Programme’s 6th phase

Conference of the official opening of CADAP 6 , 26 November 2015, Bishkek

Participants of the CADAP Opening Conference, Bishkek, 26 November 2015

The sixth phase of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme, funded by the European Union and supported by Germany, was launched on 26 November 2015. The conference of the official opening of CADAP 6 was hosted by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The overall objective of the sixth phase of CADAP is to strengthen the capacity of the Central Asian countries to deal with the drug phenomenon in the region in a comprehensive, integrative and sustainable manner. The beneficiaries of CADAP include policy makers, drug experts, penitentiary and hospital staff, media professionals, teachers, drug users, prisoners, young people and the general public.

The Conference aimed at presenting the next CADAP Phase, discussing programme’s tasks and expected results, defining the priorities and joint actions at the regional level. By providing opportunities for exchange of expertise and dialogue, the Conference was the next step towards strengthening regional platform on drug demand reduction, promoting cooperation and interaction among agencies and partners concerned, as well as creating a coordinated strategy on results achievement.

Ambassador Cesare de Montis, Head of the EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic

In his welcoming speech, Ambassador Cesare de Montis, Head of the EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic, stressed that CADAP can play an important positive and constructive role in the region, by enhancing the cooperation between all five Central Asian republics in strategically important areas such as drug addiction treatment and prevention.

Ms Petra Hippmann, Head of the German Development Cooperation, Embassy of Germany, emphasized Germany’s contribution to the EU policy in the region in supporting third countries’ efforts to deal with the challenges to public health, safety and security.

The event, which was jointly organized with the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia, gathered more than a hundred participants including representatives of the key beneficiary agencies of these EU Assistance programmes, namely border security, customs, migration agencies, state services on drug control, ministries of health from Central Asian countries, as well as representatives from the international stakeholders, such as Central Asian Embassies, EU Member States‘ embassies and international organisations.

Participants of CADAP Regional Steering Committee Meeting, Bishkek, 27 November 2015

The opening ceremony was followed by the first regional steering committee meeting, in which EU experts presented work plans on policy advice, data collection and monitoring, prevention, treatment and harm reduction, and discussed CADAP’s implementation modalities with their Central Asian partners.

Such regional meetings are convened once a year in Central Asian countries to promote further dialogue and exchange of information among the national authorities involved in the programme together with the EU and implementation partners. In this way, a better understanding and ownership of the programme is ensured, as well as agreements on future perspectives and joint efforts to enhance programme’s impact both at country and regional level.

CADAP 6, a three-year programme, is implemented by a Consortium of EU Member States, including the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, under the coordination of GIZ till March 2018.

CADAP, which began in 2001, keeps assisting Central Asian Governments in their policies and measures aimed at reducing demand for illegal drugs. Since 2010, Germany has been supporting CADAP in taking over the coordinating and steering role of the programme.

by Ernest Robello, CADAP Project Leader

December 2015

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