On 9-10 December 2021, the Border Management Programme in Central Asia, Phase 10, (BOMCA 10) held its first regional Kick-off meeting on Cross-Border Cooperation: Best Practices and Outlook for Central Asia.
• State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia (Component 1)
• State Border Guard Service of the Republic of Lithuania (Component 2)
• State Revenue Service of the Republic of Latvia (Component 3)
• International Centre for Migration Policy Development (Component 4)
• Ministry of Interior of Hungary
• Central Directorate for Immigration and Border Police of the Italian Republic
• Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic of Latvia
• Riga Technical University
• Border Guard of the Republic of Poland
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 was designed to gradually build upon and consolidate the results achieved during the preceding phases.
The 10th phase of the Programme builds on the achievements of the previous phases as well as introduces new cooperation avenues within its geographical scope.
The overall objective of the Programme:
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 border areas of Central Asia
The implementation of the overall objective will be ensured by the means of the four specific objectives matching to the corresponding Programme’s components:
Component 1: Institutional Development of Border Control Agencies
Specific Objective 1:
Adopted international security standards, integration of best practices and/or compliance with IBM models where applicable
Component 2: Improvement of Detection Capacities
Specific Objective 2:
Enhanced detection, coordination and investigation effectiveness within Central Asia
Component 3: Facilitation of Trade
Specific Objective 3:
Harmonised institutional, technical and normative practices related to the facilitation of legitimate flows of people and cargo across borders
Component 4: Improvement of Cross-border Cooperation
Specific Objective 4:
Improved living conditions in border areas through local economic development, with a focus on human rights, gender equality and vulnerable groups (such as women, children, and victims of human trafficking).