During 25-29 November 2019, the Programme Office in Dushanbe conducted exchange visit programme to Ukraine for the Central Asian Delegation in the frames of the programme to support development of cooperation mechanisms between the Central Asian states in the field of threats and challenges associated with explosive hazards. 14 participants represented by Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan, Border Service of Turkmenistan, Ministry of Defence of Tajikistan, Regional Training Centre on Explosive Hazards of Tajikistan, Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre, Sapper’s Union of Tajikistan and international demining operators acting in Tajikistan (Norwegian Peoples’ Aid and Swiss Foundation for Mine Action) had chance to get familiarised and to explore best practices and potential of Ukraine in the field of humanitarian demining and response to explosive hazards.
On October 18, ICExH project together with the representatives of MOD RT and Tajikistan Border troops hosted a visit of CAPSTONE delegation from US Army to REHTC/Chimteppa. The review meeting was opened by major General Miravarov from the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan and Deputy commander of the Tajik Border troops Mr. Nosirzoda, followed by the short presentations on the OSCE activities and a tour inside the REHTC, which coincided with practical demonstrations on technical studies of the contaminated area and the movement of explosives.
On October 8, 2019 a group of twenty-one Permanent Representatives to the OSCE visited an exhibition organized by the ICexH programme team and the OSCE Border unit at Regional Explosive Hazards training centre of MOD RT in Chimteppa Regiment.
High-level representatives from Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence, the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the United States Embassy participated in the official inauguration of a Regional Explosive Hazards Training Centre of Tajikistan’s Ministry of Defence on 6 August 2019 in Dushanbe.
The establishment of the Centre was initiated under the Memorandum of Understanding between the OSCE extra-budgetary project “Integrated Co-operation on Explosive Hazards Programme” and the Defence Ministry signed in November 2017.