Regional Hub

The project “Regional hub on Countering Global Threats” has been launched on the basis of the Academy since 2017. The project moved to the functional part of development, forming the Department of International Education in the field of countering global threats at the end of 2018.

The hub is positioned primarily as a research and training platform for the Central Asian states.

The Hub has trained more than 1,000 employees of the prosecutor’s office and other security agencies of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan since its formation.

Active interaction has been established with leading foreign partners and international organizations (UN, OSCE, EU, US Embassy, CARICC, IRZ, etc.). Approval has been received from the UN, under the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation between the General Prosecutor’s Office of Kazakhstan and the UN signed on April 11, 2017 in Vienna.

Nowadays, the Regional Hub is developing in 6 topical areas: countering terrorism and extremism, drug crime, human trafficking, cybercrime, financial and corruption crimes, and environmental security threats since the end of last year.

Work is carried out to train national trainers in activity areas of the Hub in order to improve the professional level and skills.

Today, 10 trained financial investigation experts train law enforcement officers. The 3-stage training of 14 national experts (prosecutor’s office, National Bureau, SED, MIA) in the field of cybercrime investigation has been completed. Training of trainers on countering the financing of terrorism is ongoing.

Work to create networks for the experience and information exchange between experts of the Central Asian region in certain areas of the Hub is underway together with the UNODC,

As part of the innovative teaching methods introduction, the first international simulation training in the combating human trafficking field in Russian language was held in September of this year..

More than 100 people took part in the training, including 76 representatives from 19 countries of near and far abroad (Moldova, Romania, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, USA, Israel, Lithuania, Italy, Armenia, Belarus , Germany, Greece, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan), representatives of the media and the public.

20 professional actors from the Kazakh National University of Arts played victims of trafficking and criminals for maximum likelihood. Participants in joint groups learned to identify trafficking victims, to investigate and interact with each other during the training process.

Another innovative training method is film trainings designed specifically to prevent the crimes commission.

The first film training was held at the beginning of last year which gathered under the roof of the Kazakh Drama Theater more than 120 teenagers, pupils from metropolitan schools, as well as their parents and employees of the juvenile police.

Film immersion was dedicated to countering the recruitment of young people into radical groups. The event was widely reported in the media and received a positive response.

The Academy was given the status of the basic organization of the CIS member states for advanced training and retraining of personnel for tax (financial ) investigations in order to consolidate efforts and improve professional skills of fiscal bodies, on our initiative, by the decision of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS member states (dated 06.04.2018),.

As part of the implementation of the tasks of the basic organization, the first international seminar was held in November (from 12 to 16) – the training “Financial investigations and return of illegal assets”.

The training was attended by employees of the fiscal authorities of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, as well as prosecutors of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

In order to expand cooperation with various partners of the Academy within the framework of the “Regional Hub on Counteracting Global Threats”, as well as to increase the awareness of the Academy at the international level, two websites were developed:

1. Website of the Regional Hub – www.reghub.kz

2. Website “Network on the Prevention of Violent Extremism” – www.capve.org

A Network on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) has been created jointly with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The purpose of this platform is the participation of the state and society, interaction between representatives of government structures, civil society, academia, international experts and UNODC in order to increase the region’s resilience to the threats of violent extremism and strengthen cooperation.

Currently, active networking is being done, as well as the recognition of the Academy among stakeholders in the field of environmental safety.

In general, the Regional Hub is gaining momentum and is becoming more efficient and recognizable in the Central Asian region.