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EU-funded project contributes to enhancing the cooperation between the border guard and customs services in the Republic of Uzbekistan

17.01.2022
Brussels

On January 17-19, 2021, in Tashkent the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) held an online workshop on delegation of functions between Border Guard and Customs Services Officials of the HQs responsible for the organization, coordination and control of the procedures at the border crossing points of the border guard and customs agencies of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the event.

On January 17-19, 2021, in Tashkent the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) held an online workshop on delegation of functions between Border Guard and Customs Services Officials of the HQs responsible for the organization, coordination and control of the procedures at the border crossing points of the border guard and customs agencies of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in the event.

The workshop aimed to assist in enhancing cooperation between the border guard and customs services and optimizing border and customs control procedures at the checkpoints across the state border. During the workshop various models and forms of delegating functions based on the European Union good practices were presented and recommendations on the application of the most optimal means and methods for the control of the people, vehicles, and goods passing the border were offered. Also, solutions for adaption of technological schemes in the organization of the road border checkpoints and cooperation plans for implementing inspections, which will improve the efficiency of border guard and customs controls were proposed.

The expertise during the workshop was delivered by the representatives from the European Union Member State, Head of the Border Checks and Immigration Control Department of the State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia and Deputy Director of the Customs Board of the State Revenue Service of the Republic of Latvia.

At the end of the three-day work recommendations on the introduction of the principle of delegation of functions, between the Border Service and the Customs Service were developed. These recommended actions cover legal and practical cooperation, human recourse management, adapting infrastructure which shall help to optimize control procedures and speed up the flow of individuals and vehicles across the state border.

The Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) is the long-lasting leading Programme funded by the European Union. It is implemented by the consortium of border management institutions of selected EU member states and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) led by the State Border Guard for the Republic of Latvia. The tenth phase with a total budget of EUR 21.65 million is the largest initiative in the region. The Programme was launched on April 1, 2021, its implementation period is 54 months.

The main objective of the BOMCA Programme is to enhance security, stability and sustainable growth in the region, while supporting cross-border cooperation and improving living conditions for people in the border areas of Central Asia. Thematically, BOMCA 10 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 all five countries of Central Asia. 

The current phase, built on the achievements and results of previous activities, will continue to work to support cross-border cooperation and improve the living conditions of people living in the border regions of Central Asia, and will also facilitate legal trade flows across borders.

To remind, the implementation of the BOMCA Programme in Central Asia began in 2003, and since then the Program has played a leading role in strengthening cooperation between border control authorities through the application of the concept of integrated border management, as well as in bringing border control in line with international standards and European Union standards.

For additional information on BOMCA 10 please contact Aigul Bolotova, Associated Communications Officer, at: Tel: +996 777 46 94 00, Aigul.Bolotova@icmprd.org