On 27 November 2015, the First Regional Steering Group meeting gathered together delegates from the border, customs and migration agencies of the Central Asian countries and representatives of the implementing partners in order to discuss plans for the first year of the programme implementation.

On 26 November 2015 in Bishkek, the 9th phase of the Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA), together with the 6th phase of the Central Asia Drug Action Programme (CADAP), held a joint conference which marked the official launch of both programmes

On 25 November, the Regional Office of BOMCA was officially opened in Bishkek in order to facilitate implementation of the programme at the national and regional levels.

From late September to the beginning of November five missions to Central Asian countries took place, becoming the first activities in the region under the 9th phase of BOMCA. The team, consisting of representatives from the Riga Technical University, the Latvian Border Guard, the Customs Department of Lithuania and ICMPD, met with representatives of border, customs and migration agencies in each of the countries visited, namely Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.