IBM Silk Routes: Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes Countries

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Afghanistan / Iran (Islamic Republic of) / Iraq / Bangladesh / Pakistan
January 2019 to December 2024
European Union
Implementing Agency


The overall objective of the IBM Silk Routes project is to support the countries of the Silk Routes region in building more effective and efficient border management systems, using as a blueprint the Integrated Border Management (IBM) concept and its developments, reflecting its principles and main components and translating them to the specific situations and realities of partner Silk Routes countries.

The specific objectives are to support the following outcomes:

  1. Silk Routes countries have capacities, instruments and infrastructure to develop and implement IBM.
  2. Silk Routes countries have improved their regional and bilateral coordination and cooperation in the area of border management.
In today’s interconnected world, no single
state administration or institution
could claim to be able to solve cross-border
issues on its own. Border management
covers a wide range of topics and
tackles complex and sometimes controversial
issues that warrant efficient and
effective cooperation and coordination
between all relevant stakeholders.
ICMPD, Guidelines for Integrated Border Management in the European Commission External Cooperation, November 2010, p.107

The IBM Silk Routes project supports development of intra-agency, inter-agency and international cooperation across six main areas:

  1. Legal and regulatory framework: Ensuring the legal basis for cooperation and information exchange
  2. Institutional framework: Developing or supporting an organisational setting for introducing IBM
  3. Procedures and processes required for cooperation to take place
  4. Human resources and training: Recruitment and educational or training issues
  5. Communication and information exchange: Creating a standardised and efficient flow and exchange of information
  6. Infrastructure and equipment: Recommending how equipment and facilities can support cooperation

Enrico Ragaglia

Senior Project Manager