07TBILISI1047, GEORGIA BORDER SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

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07TBILISI1047 2007-05-07 11:39 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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R 071139Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 1000
RUEAORC/USCBP WASHINGTON DC
INFO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6262

UNCLAS TBILISI 001047 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR EUR/ACE - SALTMAN-WINANS 
USCBP FOR INA RWATT AND KCHAISSON 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958:N/A 
TAGS: GBSLE GG
SUBJECT:  GEORGIA BORDER SECURITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT 
PROGRAM MONTHLY ACTIVITY REPORTING CABLE - MARCH & APRIL 
2007 
 
I.  ITEMS OF INTEREST TO ADVISORS AND AGENCY MANAGERS: 
 
1.  Prime Minister Zurab NOGAIDELI appointed Mindia 
GADAEVI as the Head of the new Revenue Service. Mindia 
GADAEV, will have three deputies. Irakli SIRADZE will 
head Customs, Koba Abuladze will head the Tax Department 
and David KARSELADZE will head the Financial Police 
Department.  All the appointees are under 40 years old. 
The appointment of Mindia GADAEV as Head of the newly 
formed Revenue Service is a positive step forward in the 
fiscal reform and tax compliance taken by the Minister of 
Finance. 
 
II. EQUIPMENT DELIVERED: 
 
1.  Tools for facilities maintenance for GBP 
(HSBP1006P13148) 
 
2. 6 PC's, 6 monitors, 2 printers for PIRS support at New 
Batumi Airport 
 
III. PENDING DELIVERIES AND PROCUREMENTS: 
 
1.  Development of statements of work for Customs and 
Border Police Units at the Tbilisi Airport and Batumi 
Airport. (Computers and related equipment, portable 
radios and base stations, chargers and batteries, cctv 
monitor with multi-plexer, safes) 
 
2.  Development of statements of work for equipment for 
the Border Police remote border station areas. (Survival 
gear, snow mobiles, and thirty 4x4 Niva Lada vehicles) 
 
3.  Development of statements of work for special purpose 
vehicles for the Border Police in remote border areas. 
(All terrain vehicles for off-road use) 
 
4.  Development of statements of work for marked utility 
vehicles for Customs at Sea Ports, Airports and Border 
Crossing Points.(Twenty vehicles 4x4 with low maintenance 
costs, produced in the region, able perform multi- 
functions and clearly marked "CUSTOMS" with logo) 
 
IV. TRAINING CONDUCTED DURING THE REPORTING PERIOD: 
 
1. March 2 - A joint team of 7 Georgian Customs and 
Border Police Management Officers visited DHS/CBP 
Headquarters in Washington, D.C., CBP Canine Academy in 
Front Royal, VA, the Federal Law Enforcement Training 
Center in Brunswick, GA., and the Border Patrol Academy 
in Artesia, NM., for the International Visitor Program. 
They were accompanied by GBSLE Advisor Glen Schroeder and 
GBSLE Translator Tina Magradze.  The training concluded 
on March 10. The trip was well received and trip reports 
were submitted and reviewed. 
 
V.  TRAINING PLANNED FOR May 2007: 
 
No training reported for this period. 
 
VI. MEETINGS: 
 
1.  March 6 - GBLSE Advisor met with the Army Corps of 
Engineers and received a briefing on construction 
projects in progress.  All construction projects are 
proceeding as scheduled with the exception of the Revenue 
Service Academy at Lilo due to local permit problems, 
which are expected they will be resolved soon. 
 
2.  March 14 - GBSLE Advisor attended a Customs Reform 
meeting at the DCM's residence.  The meeting was attended 
by USAID, key embassy officers, OSCE and members 
representing the EU and the DCM from the Turkish Embassy. 
The meeting was productive and useful contacts were made 
by the GBSLE advisor. 
 
3.  March 15 - GBSLE Advisor attended a donors meeting 
conducted by the GBP wherein a exchange of ideas with 
regard to training priorities developed by the GBP for FY 
2007 were discussed by the GBP and donors. 
 
4.  March 20 - GBSLE Advisor met with the IOM Director 
and received a PIRS update. 
 
5.  March 22 & 23 - GBSLE Advisor met with OSCE 
representatives and discussed the representative roles in 
training and assisting the GBP as part of OSCE's semi- 
annual charter process. 
 
6.  March 22 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with James 
O'Neill,L3-Titan Contractor and discussed an issue 
involving GeoInfoCom, a subcontractor of L3-Titan, a 
contractor for GBSLE. 
 
7.  March 27 - GBSLE Advisors inspected and evaluated the 
GBP Operations at the Sadakhlo Port of Entry and 
inspected the new Port of Entry construction.  The 
project is on schedule and is 70% complete. 
 
8.  April 2 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson attended the 
Commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter "Orbi" at 
Military Port of Poti. 
 
9.  April 3 - GBSLE Advisors met with the Head of the 
Revenue Service, Mr. Mindia Gadaev and gave a briefing on 
the GBSLE Program.  Also discussed was the new Customs 
Academy scheduled for construction.  Mr. Gadaev briefed 
the GBSLE Advisors on the new Revenue Service plans. 
 
10.  April 4 - GBSLE Advisors met with Neils Jensen, 
Project Leader for Customs Legislation and Procedures for 
EU Customs Project and discussed Customs Enforcement 
authority in the areas of Search and Seizures. &#x000
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11.  April 9 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder met with the 
contractor from L3 and discussed issues regarding PIRS 
support and C3 Center issues. 
 
12.  April 12 - GBSLE Advisors met with Border Police and 
Customs management at the Tbilisi Airport to discuss 
equipment needs. 
 
13.  April 17 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder met with GBP 
Deputy Koba Bochorishvili to discuss equipment needs. 
 
14.  April 18 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder participated in a 
Donor's Meeting hosted by the EU. 
 
15.  April 18 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with Mr. Irakli 
Siradze, Deputy Head of the Revenue Service to discuss 
the construction of the new training facility at Lilo and 
the possibility of a trip to the United States to visit 
the training academy at FLETC and the computer center in 
VA. 
 
16.  April 19 - GBSLE Advisors met with USAID's Business 
Climate Reform, Chief of Party, Olin McGill and discussed 
the possibility of sending the Fiscal Reform Team Leader 
to the United States with a delegation from the Revenue 
Service in the future. 
 
17.  April 20 - GBSLE Advisors met with the Deputy 
Minister of Finance, Malkhaz Begiashvili and his staff to 
discuss the construction of the new Revenue Service 
Academy (formerly the Customs Training Facility).  Also 
present were representatives from the Army Corps of 
Engineers and Customs. 
 
18.  April 22 - GBSLE Advisor Schroeder traveled to 
Batumi/Poti to evaluate the Motorola radio on the Coast 
Guard vessel Orbi. 
 
19.  April 26 - GBSLE Advisor Nelson met with Mr. Vato 
Lashkaradze, the Section Chief of the Revenue Service's 
IT Division to get information on the procurement of a 
server application Java compatible - SOClass based 
software. 
 
20.  April 30 - GBSLE Advisors met in Batumi with Rear 
Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr., U.S. Naval Forces Europe. 
He is the Director for Policy, Resources, and Strategy. 
We discussed the GBSLE Program and areas of mutual 
interest to the region. 
 
VII. LIAISON AND COORDINATION: 
 
1.  March 31 - April 7 - DHS/CBP GBSLE Program Manager 
Karen Chaisson visited Republic of Georgia and conducted 
a review of the GBSLE Program.  She met with the GBSLE 
advisors and their staff and reviewed the progress of the 
project.  During her visit she met with embassy officers 
and GBP and Customs officials to discuss the progress of 
the program and to brief them on current and future 
funding to support their individual needs. 
 
 
 
2.  GBSLE advisors met with EU Donors at two donor 
meetings during the months of March and April to discuss 
future training needs of the GBP. 
 
3.  March 21 - GBSLE advisors attended a celebration of 
the Georgian Border Guard's anniversary. 
 
4.  April 2 - GBSLE advisor Nelson attended the 
Commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter "Orbi" 
 
5.  GSBLE advisors continued participation in the 
Security and Law Enforcement Working Group Chaired by DCM 
Mark Perry. 
 
VIII. CONSTRUCTION: 
 
A.  Kazbegi Border Crossing Station 
Contractor - Inzhmsheni 
- Current contract completion date - 14 May 2007 
- Contract value - $2,311,630.50 
- Percentage of completion - 48% 
 
B.  Sadaklo Border Crossing Station 
Contractor - Archstudia 
- Current contract completion date - 17 July 2007 
- Contract value - $2,069,679.54 
- Percentage of completion - 71% 
 
C.  Mestia Grass Airfield 
Contractor - Alioni 
- Current contract completion date - 15 June 2007 
- Contract value - $851,879.00 
- Percentage of completion - 65% 
 
D.  Chakvi Radar Station 
Contractor - Lindsay 
- Current contract completion date - 2 April 2007 
- Contract value - $594,800,00 
- Percentage of completion - 80% 
 
E.  Anaklia Radar Station 
Contractor - Alioni 99 
- Current contract completion date - 21 May 2007 
- Contract value - $373,000 
- Percentage of completion date - 45% 
 
F.  Gonio Radar Station 
Contractor - Lindsay 
- Current contract completion date - 18 September 2007 
- Contract value - $501,700,00 
- Percentage of completion - in design 
 
G.  Lagodekhi Border Crossing Station 
Contractor - Alioni 99 
- Current contract completion date - 17 November 2007 
- Contract value - $775,270.00 
- Percentage of completion - in design 
 
H.  Remote Border Posts (Task Order 0002) 
Contractor - Alioni 99 
- Current contract completion date - 17 November 2007 
- Contract value - $1,040,315.00 
- Percentage of completion - in design 
 
I.  Remote Border Posts (Task Order 0004) 
Contractor - Alioni 99 
- Current contract completion date - 17 November 2007 
- Contract value - $720,797.00 
- Percentage of completion - in design 
 
J.  Revenue Service Training Facility 
Contractor - Lindsay 
- Current contract completion date - 17 November 2007. 
- Contract Value - $704,800 
- Percentage of Completion - in design 50% 
 
VIIII. RED FLAG ISSUES: 
 
Border Police - None 
Customs - None 
 
POC for this report is Christopher M. Nelson, Chief of Party, 
GBSLE. 
 
TEFFT

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