On February 28-30, in Dushanbe, and March 03-05, in Tashkent, workshops on contingency planning were held, gathering representatives of state agencies involved in border control. Representatives of border guarding, customs, migration, veterinary and phytosanitary services discussed the issues of cooperation at border check points in terms of contingency planning and assessed international experience and practice in this field. This BOMCA activity is aimed at strengthening the effective reporting and referral mechanisms in order to facilitate prompt exchange of information between institutions involved in border security in the region.

The communication practices and the exchange of information between the various concerned agencies is one of the most fundamental aspects of successful cooperation. During the workshop, participants examined the issue of information exchange in almost various areas of cooperation: flow of passengers and cargo, investigations, risk analysis, patrolling, special operations etc. While analysing different areas of cooperation, the issues of effective and efficient information exchange were raised and discussed. Based on the Latvian experience, an example of an advanced national coordination mechanism, ensuring appropriate and effective cooperative preparedness and response measures was presented to the participants.