On November 29 the 2nd Regional Steering Group meeting was held in Bishkek. Representatives of border and customs services, Foreign Ministries, and migration management agencies of all Central Asian countries, as project beneficiaries, together with BOMCA Consortium partners and representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic jointly assessed Programme achievements and challenges to date, discussed the work plan for the next year and spoke about countries’ priorities with regard to possible BOMCA continuation after 2018.

Following working meetings on trade facilitation in Dushanbe, the activity is continuing in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, gathering international and local experts to discuss countries experience as a member of the WTO, the current trade and customs procedures being applied and its compliance with the WTO trade facilitation agreement.  

In recent years, the phenomenon of corruption and associated practices in the Kyrgyz Republic has become a central issue in the public affairs of the State.  The topic of corruption came forward and became a focus of discussions in the public arena, media and State institutions.  Such attention to this issue is due to the understanding of the fact that cases of corruption represent a negative social act, with damaging consequences in many areas of the social sphere, closely linked to the inefficiency of public administration, legal and social relations within the country. The detrimental impact of corruption on the social, political, and economic development processes, the formation of moral values of citizens, undermines confidence and trust in the State Institutions and poses a real threat to the national security.  Acknowledging these challenges, the Government of Kyrgyzstan puts the development of the country places the fight against corruption and strengthening of the anti-corruption measures in the national context high on its agenda.

On October 18, BOMCA conducted national workshop on identification and profiling techniques for border guards and law enforcement officers of Tajikistan.

Effective risk management systems in customs are a powerful tool that allow authorities to focus on the most risky areas of border control, to differentiate those involved in trade and, consequently, to keep a proper balance between the facilitation of legitimate trade and prevention of illegal activities in the international trade chain. Thus it is important to ensure that such a system is in place and is implemented properly by customs/border guard officers. To this end, in September – October 2016 BOMCA expert team met with key national partners from phytosanitary, veterinary, quarantine and sanitary-epidemiological agencies of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan  to jointly assess the existing national practices and procedures for risk analysis and control of imported animals, plants and food. This BOMCA activity aimed to provide technical assistance in the development and improvement of the risk management systems in the Central Asian countries.

A meeting on trade facilitation was held in Dushanbe on September 26–28 and gathered international and local experts to: 1) discuss Tajikistan’s experience as a member of the WTO, the current trade and customs procedures being applied in the country since it became a WTO member, and its compliance with the WTO trade facilitation agreement and 2) develop recommendations for further trade facilitation measures. The WTO approved Tajikistan’s accession in December 2012 and declared March 2, 2013 as the official entry date. Tajikistan became the 159th member of the WTO and the second Central Asian country to be admitted.

Duration: 25 September – 25 October 2016 

Border Management Programme in Central Asia launches would like to invite you to participate in the photography contest on the theme "People living in border lands – mixture of cultures, unity of souls". The contests presents an opportunity to share your view and express your vision of the life of people in border lands of Kyrgyzstan and to present through the camera objective how do they communicate with each other.

A total of 20 border guards and customs officers from 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. This BOMCA activity, conducted on September 20-22 in Almaty, aimed at strengthening the capacity of border control officers in identification and profiling procedures, enabling them to better categorize the different types of persons crossing the borders while also respecting document security, ethics and human rights.