Tashkent, 17 October 2019

On October 15, 2019 a Regional Workshop for border guard and customs training institutions of Central Asian countries started its work in Tashkent within the framework of the Border Management in Central Asia (BOMCA) programme, financed by the European Union. The activity gathers delegates from all five Central Asian countries to discuss joint approach and continuous cooperation of training institutions towards the development of the unique, harmonised, and efficient training system for border guards and customs officers in the Central Asian region. The workshop is facilitated by the experts from the State Border Guard of Latvia and Riga Technical University.

During the workshop national experts will present and discuss current training systems in CA countries, as well as innovative approaches and methodological tools. The professionals will identify existing needs, gaps and best practices in training processes. The meeting will build upon results of the previous years and the experts jointly with the CA representatives will review the progress of implementation of the action points agreed in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as define further plans for next phase of BOMCA which will begin in 2020.

The idea of creating a joint platform of training institutions was born in 2012 and further developed and implemented with BOMCA support. It is a voluntary association of training institutions linked to each other by a joint scientific research, development of training curricula, lectures and professional training courses, and unification of education and training processes. The members of the Consortia strive for joint capacity building and institutional development activities, and unique development of training curricula and research activities.