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Cablegate: Exbs Advisor August 15 to September 12, 2009 Month End

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SUBJECT: EXBS ADVISOR August 15 to September 12, 2009 MONTH END
REPORT, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN

I. BROAD ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: EXBS
activities during this reporting period included:

1.(U) EXBS staff and a CTP legislative Development Expert completed
consultations on export control legislation with the GOA, EXBS
Advisor and EXBS Assistant were election observers, EXBS donated
radios and repeater were installed at the Kabul International
Airport cargo facility, EXBS contracted a refurbishment project to
renovate a server room for the Ministry of Commerce and Industry,
met with a contractor at Customs ICD to assess repairs to a large
forklift and crane that were donated to Afghan Customs in 2007, met
with Afghan Border Police to discuss three new border assistance
projects.

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II. COMPLETED ACTIONS FOR REPORTING PERIOD (KABUL, AFGHANISTAN):

A. Site Assessments and Meetings held during this Reporting Period.

1. (U) During this report period the EXBS staff and the Senior
Consultant and Project Manager for Commonwealth Trading Partners,
Mr. Toomas Raba held a five-day consultation visit in Kabul to
discuss Legislative Development Assistance with representatives from
the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce, Afghan
Customs, Afghan Border Police, and Afghan Ministry of Justice. The
consultation visit is the fifth in a series of consultations that
will provide advice and guidance to the GOA leading to the
completion of draft export control legislation that satisfies
international standards including the requirements of UNSCR 1540.

2. (U) on August 20, 2009 The EXBS Advisor and EXBS Program
Assistant worked with other Embassy and International Observers to
monitor and report on the Presidential election process at polling
stations in Kabul. The Advisor and Program Assistant went to four
polling stations during the course of the day. The Advisor and
Program Assistant were required to complete a four-hour training
program to qualify as observers. The security provided to the
election observers by Embassy Security Personnel was excellent.

3. (U) During this report period EXBS received a fund cite for the
refurbishment of a room to provide security for the servers EXBS
will install at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Embassy
GSO provided procurement contract support. The work on the server
room was started on September 9 and is expected to be completed on
September 17. The EXBS program has been working with the Ministry
of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) to establish a modern Import/Export
licensing system. Bearing Point Management and Technology
Consultants have been contracted to provide the equipment and
training. Deloitte Consulting LLP has been contracted to install
the equipment. Deloitte Consulting LLP will install the IT
equipment as soon as the server room is completed.

4. (U) During this report period the EXBS staff assisted the
Motorola contractor with the installation of a repeater for Motorola
Radios donated to Afghan Customs at the Kabul International Airport
cargo section.

5. (U) During this report period EXBS Program Assistant Roohullah
Shekaib visited the Kabul International Airport to verify that all
preparations are ready for the installation of a new passenger
baggage x-ray unit EXBS will donate to the Afghan Customs at the new
international airport. EXBS will provide two additional cargo x-ray
system to Islam Qalah and Mazar-e-Sharif.

6. (U) During this report period the EXBS staff visited the Afghan

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Customs Inland Customs Depot (ICD) to conduct an assessment on two
large pieces of equipment EXBS donated in 2007. EXBS donated a 13.5
ton forklift to the Kabul ICD. The forklift is not being used and
EXBS has decided to transfer it to Islam Qalah on the Afghan border
with Iran. During the assessment EXBS discovered that due to a lack
of use the batteries had deteriorated and would have to be replaced.
It was also discovered that there is a hydraulic problem with the
lift. The second piece of equipment is a 40 ton crane that will
need major repairs. EXBS contacted the original contractor that
provided the crane to see if the repairs were covered under
warranty. The warranty period was only for 12 months. Estimated
cost of the repairs will be $800 for the forklift and $32,000 for
the crane.

7. (U) During this report period the EXBS staff met with The
Director General of the Afghan Border Police (ABP) to discuss future
equipment and infrastructure support. EXBS is conducting market
research for high security border check points and construction of
modular buildings for green-border operations. The ABP will be the
principal recipient. General Norzi expressed his appreciation for
all of the equipment and training that the United States has
provided.

8. (U) During this report period the EXBS staff met with Dr. Abdul
Malik Malik, Head of the Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety
Department of the Kabul Ministry of Health to discuss the upcoming
SABRE 4000 Radiation, Chemical, Narcotic, and Explosives Detection
System training that EXBS will be providing to the Afghanistan
Customs and Border Police. The training was scheduled for September
23 - 24. Unfortunately the training will have to be postponed
because the end of Ramadan celebrations has been extended.

B. Training Conducted During Report Period.

1. (U) on August 10, 2009 EXBS and Commonwealth Trading Partners
(CTP), a Legislative Development Consultation company, started a
Legislative Development Workshop at the Serena Hotel in Kabul.
Eight Afghan Government officials participated in the five-day
workshop. The visit is at the request of the Afghan Government to
have Commonwealth Trading Partners follow-up on four export control
workshops provide in 2008. CTP will assist the Afghan Government in
drafting an Export Control Law that conforms to international
standards. The next visit will be scheduled in October.


C. Training Programs Pending.

1. (U) EXBS has entered into an agreement with BMTF to use BMFT
Mentors located near border crossing posts and Inland Cargo Depots
(ICDs) as trainers on selected EXBS equipment. The trainers will
have experience as border inspectors and knowledge on the equipment.
BMTF Mentors stationed at Islam Qualah and Towr Kham Border
Crossing Points (BCPs) have provided training on Busters and
assorted inspection tools. The Mentors will train Customs and
Border Police Officers assigned to the ports on the equipment and
then turn the equipment over to Customs. Like kind inspection
equipment is being planned for the Border Police stationed at the
BCPs. On the more technical equipment, subject matter experts will
be required to conduct training on the radiation and metal
detection/identification devices. Once a source for this training
has been identified and the training completed, this equipment can
be fielded immediately. The EXBS office continues to work with
ISN/ECC to find an acceptable source for this training. Getting the
equipment out to the BCPs is a top EXBS priority.

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2. (U) The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) provided the
Embassy with an official notice stating that it welcomes the
assistance of the Embassy and EXBS in developing a new Export
Control Law (Strategic Goods Act). This law, based on European
Union (EU) models of similar laws, will incorporate control lists
and provide the legal foundation to institutionalize controls on the
movement of weapons of mass destruction and their precursors. EXBS
provided funds to translate a version of a model EU law into Dari.
The model EU law will serve as a starting point for the MoCI to
draft its Strategic Goods bill. Other key stake holders such as the
Ministry of Finance (Customs) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
have expressed their commitments to getting this draft legislation
completed.
This project will build capacity for the Afghan government in the
area of non-proliferation controls and will provide a legal
foundation for the use of international Control Lists and Import,
Export and Transshipment controls for the movement of Weapons of
Mass Destruction. The new hardware and software will automate their
current license control system. This effort will include a database
that can efficiently manage licensing approvals as well as give the
law enforcement community better visibility of the movement of all
shipments in and out of Afghanistan. ISN/ECC is in the process of
scheduling this assistance.

3. (U) The United States Department of Energy's National Nuclear
Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) Global Threat Reduction
Initiative (GTRI) planned to hold a training program on the recovery
of orphaned radioactive sources. The training for 25 Afghan
Government officials was scheduled to be held in Tashkent,
Uzbekistan the second week in December in conjunction with a similar
course for Uzbek Government officials. Unfortunately the Uzbek
Government has declined the training request. The training will
have to be rescheduled in another country.


III. RED FLAG ISSUES:

1. (U) No Red Flag Issues to report.
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