On March 12-14 in Almaty workshop on contingency planning on border checkpoints was held, gathering representatives of different state agencies of Kazakhstan– Border Service CNS RK, State Revenue Committee (customs), Ministry of Interior –Emergency Situation Committee, Border Guards Academy of the CNS RK, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

BOMCA experts together with national counterparts reviewed existing framework consisting of the constitutional and legislative bases related to different kinds of emergency situations at the checkpoints and related operational framework, including organisational structure of the contingency planning and operational requirements. During the seminar, resources and operational procedures of the standard border checkpoint' were presented by participants. Based on the Latvian experience, an example of an advanced coordination mechanism, ensuring appropriate and effective cooperative response measures was shared by expert team.

During the seminar a draft of joint instructions on interagency operating procedures was created specifying roles, responsibilities and working methods during different emergency situations at the checkpoints, including also mass inflow of migrants.

The wider objective of this BOMCA activity is to assist in establishing/strengthening effective mechanisms to facilitate prompt exchange of information between institutions involved in border security.