On 28 November, the 4th Regional Steering Group (RSG) meeting was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Representatives from the border and customs services, foreign ministries, and migration management agencies of each Central Asian (CA) country as project beneficiaries together with BOMCA Consortium partners and representatives from the Delegations of the European Union in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan jointly assessed the Programme’s achievements and challenges to date and discussed the work plan and country priorities for the next year.

On October 24-27 in Ashgabat and November 6-8 in Tashkent Technical Assistance Missions on criminal investigation in risk management were held.

On October 16-18 in Bishkek workshop on contingency planning on border checkpoints was held, gathering representatives of different state agencies of Kyrgyzstan– Border and Customs Services, Ministry of Interior and State National Security Committee, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Agriculture.

On October 2-4, 2018 BOMCA organized a study visit in Latvia and Estonia for management representatives of Border Service Academy of Kazakh State Security Committee who were given an opportunity to learn from the European experience and observe on the spot the functioning of partner Latvian and Estonian educational institutions. The aim of this BOMCA activity is to encourage and support educational and training capacity cooperation in the field of border management in Central Asia.

On 25 – 27 September, 2018 BOMCA expert team conducted a three-day workshop in Tashkent to improve the practical skills of customs and border authorities in the prevention and detection of illegal trafficking of goods and means of transport.

To assist the Government in combating the phenomenon of corruption amongst State bodies, BOMCA experts conducted a training of trainers on of anti-corruption measures for the representatives of the State Border Service, State Customs Service and the State Inspection of Veterinary and Phytosanitary Security. The activity took place from 11 to 13 September in Issyk-Kul. BOMCA experts together with their national counterparts shared their experiences in relation to the fight against corruption, effective provision and standardization of public services. During the three-day work, the experts reviewed the organizational structure, duties and procedures amongst the relevant agencies in Kyrgyzstan, carried out an assessment of conformity of organizational tasks, competences, rights and obligations of employees.  Real and potential risks of corruption were reviewed; resilience of institutions to corruption was assessed and specific cases of corruption were analysed. During practical exercise, participants defined the most risky zones and also factors and circumstances contributing to corruption.

On September 12, 2018 results of the expert assessment of migration related national legislation were presented to Government agencies – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Internal Affairs, State Border Service, State Migration service, State Registration Service.

70 sets of video surveillance systems special stations with a total cost of 48,000 euros have been purchased and transferred to the Border Troops of Tajikistan.