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U.S. Ambassador travels to Grebneva to present donated equipment to Customs Board

Riga, March 22, 2011
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On Thursday, March 24, U.S. Ambassador to Latvia Judith Garber will travel to the Grebneva Customs and Border Control Point to donate new equipment to the Latvian Customs Board.  Finance Minister Andris Vilks, State Revenue Service Director General Nelija Jezdakova, and other senior Latvian officials are also scheduled to participate in the hand-off ceremony.

The equipment – valued in excess of $50,000 - is being provided under the U.S. Government’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Assistance Program.  This initiative – which promotes the development and implementation of strategic trade and related border control systems which meet international standards - is also funding upcoming training for Latvian officials working in these areas.

The EXBS program focuses on preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by enforcing export control regimes and by detecting and interdicting illicit technology transfers. The initiative also brings together national policymakers and technical experts to share information and establish best practices.

Note to the Editor:

Media is welcome to cover the equipment hand-off ceremony on Thursday, March 24 at the Grebneva Customs and Border Control Point.  The event will start at 13.00 and last till 14.30.

Please contact the State Revenue Service Communication Department to apply for credentials to participate in the event (67028691, 67028695)