The Border Troops of the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan are now better equipped to respond to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is thanks to the provision of personal protective equipment by the EU-funded BOMCA Programme, which includes 830 protective suits, 1 000 antiseptic sprays, and 15 000 facemasks.  The protective items will be used to reduce the exposure to health risks faced by the frontline border guards responsible for providing control functions at the state border.

On June 10, the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) has donated personal protective equipment for 9,692 EUR to the Customs Service of the Republic of Tajikistan for further distribution to the staff serving at the border crossing points. The equipment includes 9,000 nitrile gloves, 9,000 surgery masks, 750 antiseptic sprays, and 2 medical thermal imagers. This assistance goes in addition to the donation that BOMCA handed over earlier to the Border Troops of Tajikistan (3,500 sets of protective medical items) and to the State Committee for Food Security of Tajikistan (3,500 specialised sets). 

On May 22, the EU-funded Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) has donated five air conditioners for 127,500 KGS to the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic. This step will help to improve the working conditions of the border guards who remain at the forefront of the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

Witing the framework of support to border management agencies of Central Asia in undertaking prevention measures against the COVID-19 outbreak, BOMCA Programme delivered 3 500 specialized protective medical sets (masks and gloves and antiseptic liquids) to the Border Troops of State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan. Protective sets will be used by border officers serving at the border, allowing them to safely perform their duties and to prevent possible contamination and further spreading of the virus.

BOMCA is continuing its support to border management agencies of Central Asia in COVID-19 prevention measures. 3 500 specialized sets of protective masks, gloves and antiseptic liquids were purchased and handed over to the State Committee for Food Security of Tajikistan.

Due to the rapid spread of the virus worldwide, BOMCA Programme supports the border management agencies in Kyrgyzstan in undertaking prevention measures against the COVID-19 outbreak. Thus, BOMCA is delivering 250 specialized sets of protective suits and other personal protective equipment for the State Customs Service of Kyrgyzstan.

On March 03-04 in Dushanbe BOMCA expert team summarized the results of its technical assistance mission the main goal of which was to assist the Food Security Committee of Tajikistan to develop the strategic development plan for its Department on the State Border and Transport (Department). This was a final stage of technical mission, where experts presented to the management and operational staff of the Food Security Committee of Tajikistan the draft of the Strategy and its Action Plan.

On February 18-20, 2020 Tashkent was hosting national seminar on risk analysis at road checkpoints. BOMCA experts together with representatives of the Border Troops of the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan reviewed the basic principles of risk analysis in relation to road checkpoints. Participants got acquainted with the principles of risk analysis developed by the FRONTEX Agency and implemented in the EU countries - methods for preparing the analysis, investigating signs of border violation, as well as the tasks and functions of the employees involved. Based on the presented European experience, a comparative analysis of risk analysis systems in the Border Troops of the State Security Service of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the European Union was carried out, as well as standard guidelines for risk analysis at the local level (for road checkpoints) were developed.