Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

The EU assists in development of skills of Central Asian customs officials

16/06/2017 - 07:57

On 13-15 June 2017, a regional seminar involving representatives of educational establishments under the customs agencies of the Central Asian states was held in Tashkent. It was organized by the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) funded by the European Union. The given event under BOMCA Programme aims to support cooperation among the law enforcement training institutions in the Central Asia region.

The seminar participants, including instructors of the educational establishements (centers for advanced training) of customs agencies of the Central Asian states, discussed the issues of use of X-ray equipment scanning luggage and oversized cargo. The event was hosted by the Higher Military Customs Institute of the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan (HMCI).

This seminar was delivered by the HMCI experts sharing best practices of the given educational establishement in the area of the modern methods and technologies for training and developing skills of customs officers dealing with identification of images on X-ray equipment. During the seminar the participants developed recommendations on improving quality of such training courses and skills of the customs officials in this area.

The Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) launched its activities in 2003 to strengthen partnership between the Central Asian governments in the area of border management. The EU allocated more than EUR 40 mln to BOMCA for 2003-2018, while almost EUR 5 mln were assigned for implementation of the 9th phase of the programme for 2015-2018.

For more information on the event and the activity of BOMCA Programme, please visit, or contact Ms. Zulfiya Sibagatulina, BOMCA National Coordinator for Uzbekistan at