Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

Border Management Programme in Central Asia and Afghanistan launches its 10th phase

09/07/2021 - 09:59
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Between June 14 – July 9, 2021 Border Management Programme in Central Asia and Afghanistan (BOMCA), 10th phase, held inception meetings with the national counterparts of the Programme. Specifically, the Programme team met representatives of Security Councils, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Customs and Border Agencies, Law enforcement and Migration Agencies, Local Development Agencies and other related to border management institutions in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The objective of the meetings was to present the new project phase of the Programme to partners in Central Asia and Afghanistan and to conduct consultations on thematic interventions planned in the project. The meetings will result in the fine-tuning of the project Work plan and pave the way for a successful start of the thematic activities as of 1 October 2021.

BOMCA is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Consortium of border management institutions in the EU Member States institutions and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), led by the State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia. The project started on 1 April 2021 with total duration of 54 months with a budget of 21.65 million Euro; it aims at enhancing security, stability and sustainable growth in the region, while supporting cross-border cooperation and improve living conditions for people living in the border areas of Central Asia and Afghanistan.  Thematically, the project covers four components: institutional development of border management agencies, improvement of detection capacities, trade facilitation and improvement of cross-border cooperation. Geographically, the project covers six countries in the region (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan).

European Union has been supporting long-term and successful regional project as BOMCA to help the Central Asian states to improve border security and tackle drug trafficking, including easing border crossing both for people and for goods within the Central Asia and from Central Asia to the rest of the world. We are delighted by the fact that the new phase of BOMCA includes Afghanistan, which is a very important step towards building a strategic partnership with the countries of Central Asia to foster cooperation, as well as to ensure a peace, stability and prosperity in the region”, said H.E. Charlotte Adriaen, Ambassador of the European Union in Uzbekistan”.

 

BOMCA is the flagship and the largest EU-funded Programme in the region. Since its launch in 2003, the its various phases have focused on capacity building and institutional development, developing trade corridors and facilitation of trade, improving border management systems and fighting drug trafficking across the Central Asia region. Each new phase of BOMCA, including the ongoing one, was designed to gradually build upon and increase the results achieved during the preceding phases.

For additional information on BOMCA 10 and meetings please contact Aigul Bolotova, Regional Communications Coordinator at: tel: +996 552 778979, Aigul.Bolotova@icmpd.org