Between June 14 – July 9, 2021 Border Management Programme in Central Asia and Afghanistan (BOMCA), 10th phase, holds inception meetings with the national counterparts of the Programme. Specifically, it gathers representatives of Security Councils, Ministries of Foreign Affairs Custom and Border Services, Migration Agencies and Local Development Agencies and other related to border management departments in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan. The objective of the meetings is to present the partners in Central Asia and Afghanistan the new project phase of the Programme and conduct consultations with the state beneficiary agencies on thematic interventions planned in the project. The meetings shall result in the fine-tuning of the project work plan and pave the way for a successful start of the thematic activities as of 1 October 2021.
Border Management Programme in Central Asia and Afghanistan is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Consortium of border management institutions in the EU Member States institutions and ICMPD, led by the State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia. BOMCA aims to enhance security, stability and sustainable growth in the region, as well as support cross-border cooperation and improve living conditions for people living in the border areas of Central Asia and Afghanistan. Thematically, the project covers four components: institutional development of border management agencies, improvement of detection capacities, trade facilitation and improvement of cross-border cooperation. Geographically, the project covers six countries in the region (Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). The project started on 1 April 2021 with total duration of 54 months and budget of 21.65 M EUR.
BOMCA is the flagship and the largest EU-funded programme in the region. Since its launch in 2003, the various phases of the BOMCA Programme have focused on capacity building and institutional development, developing trade corridors and facilitation of trade, improving border management systems and eliminating drug trafficking across the Central Asia region. Each new phase of BOMCA, including the ongoing one, was designed to gradually build upon and increase the results achieved during the preceding phases.