On 8th June 2017, the 4th meeting of the European Union – Central Asia High Level Political & Security Dialogue took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, with Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs participation. This high level meeting was held at the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, hosted by the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ms. Dinara Kemelova and chaired by Mr. Jean-Christophe Belliard, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs – Political Director for the European External Action Service (EEAS).

Border control standards with a special focus on ethics were discussed during a regional workshop on border checks held in Bishkek between 31 May-2 June. A total of 20 border guards and customs officers from all five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) were trained to use modern techniques and apply international standards in carrying out border checks and to manage mixed migration flows in accordance with international standards. Participants shared their experience and discussed the issues of border control organisation in their countries - administrative rules, regime, tools and methods of control with a focus on flow management. BOMCA experts based on the Latvian experience demonstrated examples of technical equipment at checkpoints and practices of optimisation of checkpoint activities. This BOMCA activity, conducted in cooperation with IOM and UNHCR, aimed at strengthening the capacity of border and customs control officers, enabling them to better categorise the different types of persons crossing the borders while also respecting document security, ethics and human rights.

Duration

1-30 June 2017 

Objective

  • To encourage children to demonstrate  their talents and creativity
  • To facilitate the positive attitude of children towards people carrying duties at borders – border guards,  customs, phytosanitary and veterinary service officers
  • To show the professionalism and cooperation of people working at borders

Duration: 10 May – 09 June 2017 

Objective

  • To encourage children to demonstrate  their talents and creativity
  • To facilitate the positive attitude of children towards people carrying duties at borders – border guards,  customs, phytosanitary and veterinary service officers
  • To show the professionalism and cooperation of people working at borders

In mid-February 2017, a BOMCA expert team visited Turkmenistan in order to discuss e-customs development in Turkmenistan.  

In April 2017, a group of European experts visited Astana, Dushanbe, and Tashkent to hold a series of workshops for border agencies on law enforcement ethics and the fight against corruption. 

Following the working meetings on trade facilitation measures that took place in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, this BOMCA activity continued in Turkmenistan, gathering international and local experts to discuss current trade and customs procedures being applied and their compliance with the WTO trade facilitation agreement.

Between April 5-10 2017, a workshop for border guard and customs training institutions of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan was held, gathering key partners from higher educational institutions forming border delegates and customs officers as well as training centres of Border and Customs services. The events were facilitated by experts from the College of State Border Guard of Latvia, Riga Technical University, and the Lithuanian Customs training centre.