On January 22-24 in Kyrgyzstan workshop on E-learning methodology in training institutions of border guarding and customs institutions took place. The workshop, which was conducted in the premises of Kyrgyz Customs Training Centre, was facilitated by expert team from Latvian State Border Guard College and State Revenue Service of Latvia and gathered representatives of different training institutions of Kyrgyzstan forming and retraining border guards and customs officers as well Kyrgyz State University.

On 20 December 2018, BOMCA Programme facilitated the 11 th meeting of the Inter-Agency Commission on Development and Implementation of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) system in the Kyrgyz Republic. The main goal of the Commission is to steer and coordinate the efforts of all agencies involved in implementation of the National IBM Strategy 2012 – 2022.

On December 18-20, 2018 group of trainers of Kazakh Border Guard Academy is visiting Dushanbe for sharing their experience and best practices in teaching methodology with their Kyrgyz and Tajik colleagues.

On 28 November, the 4th Regional Steering Group (RSG) meeting was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Representatives from the border and customs services, foreign ministries, and migration management agencies of each Central Asian (CA) country as project beneficiaries together with BOMCA Consortium partners and representatives from the Delegations of the European Union in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan jointly assessed the Programme’s achievements and challenges to date and discussed the work plan and country priorities for the next year.

On October 24-27 in Ashgabat and November 6-8 in Tashkent Technical Assistance Missions on criminal investigation in risk management were held.

On October 16-18 in Bishkek workshop on contingency planning on border checkpoints was held, gathering representatives of different state agencies of Kyrgyzstan– Border and Customs Services, Ministry of Interior and State National Security Committee, Ministry of Emergencies, Ministry of Agriculture.

On October 2-4, 2018 BOMCA organized a study visit in Latvia and Estonia for management representatives of Border Service Academy of Kazakh State Security Committee who were given an opportunity to learn from the European experience and observe on the spot the functioning of partner Latvian and Estonian educational institutions. The aim of this BOMCA activity is to encourage and support educational and training capacity cooperation in the field of border management in Central Asia.

On 25 – 27 September, 2018 BOMCA expert team conducted a three-day workshop in Tashkent to improve the practical skills of customs and border authorities in the prevention and detection of illegal trafficking of goods and means of transport.