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United States Present Communications Equipment to the Committees for State Border Control and Customs in Uzbekistan (08/22/2003)

2003 Press Releases

United States Present Communications Equipment to the Committees for State Border Control and Customs in Uzbekistan

(08/22/2003)   

On August 22, U.S. Acting Deputy Chief of Mission to Uzbekistan David M. Reinert presented over 17,000 kilos of communications equipment to the Uzbek Committee for State Border Protection and the Uzbek Customs Committee. Accepting the equipment for the Committee for State Border Protection was Chairman Lt-General Gafurjon Tishayev and for the Customs Committee was Chairman Major-General Batyr Parpiev. Also participating in the hand over ceremony were officials from the governments of Uzbekistan and the United States.

The 3,776 Motorola radios, 708 antennas and other communications equipment, valued at over $1,800,000 will significantly enhance the ability of the respective Committees' personnel to perform their assigned missions. The communications equipment was presented under the State Department-funded Export Control and Related Border Security Assistance (EXBS) program.

The EXBS Program, administered by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, is designed to help halt the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, related technologies, and other weapons. The program in Uzbekistan comprises a wide range of nonproliferation export control assistance, from licensing and legal/regulatory technical workshops, to provision of equipment, and training for border control and enforcement agencies. Equipment being provided under this program includes communications equipment, surveillance and detection equipment, protective and medical equipment, transportation and vehicles, and vessels.

Since it's inception in April 2000, the EXBS program has donated over $5,300,000 in equipment and training to the Government of Uzbekistan. This year's donations will exceed $6,000,000 in equipment and training. In July, the EXBS program provided 146 UAZ vehicles valued at over $800,000. In the next two months equipment donations will include cargo trucks valued at $1,123,000, and night vision equipment valued at $330,000. Other major donations scheduled for delivery next year include two helicopter simulators valued at $6,500,000 and two patrol boats values at $5,800,000.