We are celebrating the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, raising awareness for an issue many times invisible, but still present in our societies. The EU has been working on the prevention and fight against human trafficking through its actions on the ground and through the collaboration at local and international levels.
The EU supported Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (CESDRR) regularly monitors and reports on the number of COVID-19 cases in Central Asia and related government measures in associated countries.
The European Union launched today a comprehensive EUR 3 million (KZT 1.4 billion) Central Asia COVID-19 Crisis Response (CACCR) solidarity package, addressing the needs of Central Asian countries with a primary focus on Kazakhstan. Implemented by the World Health Organization the CACCR programme will provide support to mitigate the current outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also contribute towards longer-term resilience of the national health systems of the Central Asian countries by increasing their capacities to respond to similar public health threats, should they occur in the future.
As the world’s largest regional security organisation, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is a cornerstone of the multilateral rules-based order and the European security architecture. The effective functioning of the OSCE is central to ensuring that our European continent develops into a pillar for peace, prosperity and justice for the rest of the world.
As part of European Union’s (EU) assistance to Kazakhstan’s COVID-19 response efforts, the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) handed over today the essential personal protective equipment to the Border Service of the National Security Committee, State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance and Veterinary Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The equipment includes 150 sets of full-body protective suits (gowns, face shields, respirator masks, boot covers, gloves), and six handheld medical thermal imagers.
The EU and ITC will support Central Asian SMEs − including those led by women − to increase trade volumes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) has begun the implementation phase of a four-year Ready4Trade Central Asia project to provide targeted trade development support to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The €15 million European Union-funded project contributes to sustainable and inclusive economic development of the region by supporting investment, competitiveness and trade.
A faster and solid recovery relies on the empowerment of the youth. As the entire world suffers from the Covid-19 pandemic, developing regions are more exposed to its consequences. On the World Youth Skills Day, the EU acknowledges the importance of upskilling the youth to build a more prosperous future for all.