By SOF Editor on Thu, 02/04/2010 - 11:51am
Afghan border police began an advanced border police and customs course at Camp Arena, Herat province, Monday.
The training, provided by the Italian Guardia di Finanza, is designed to increase the efficiency of customs duty collection and help ABP better secure the border.
The course includes practical study of Afghan and international customs laws, customs documents, anti-smuggling measures and anti-corruption training.
In 2008, approximately 26 percent of customs duties levied by the government of Afghanistan came from Herat province, about 5 billion Afghanis or approximately 72 million €. The figure increased to over 40 percent of Afghan customs revenues, more than 90 million € in 2009, surpassing expectations and providing the Afghan government much needed revenue.
The control of goods and people across Afghanistan's borders is vital to the country's economic development. For this reason, training Afghan border police and customs police is a priority for Regional Command West.
"The importance of training the Afghan security forces on this activity is vital at this stage in the development of Afghanistan," said Brig. Gen. Alessandro Veltri, Regional Command West commander.
Herat is economically prosperous due to the presence of more than 800 small and medium-sized enterprises, most in construction, textile, agriculture and plastics industries.
The Afghan national police are growing in capability and competence and have an ever increasing professional reputation. By building Afghan capacity, ISAF is helping strengthen Afghanistan's independence and bolstering Afghanistan's national security.