Central Asia: EU-funded BOMCA and its national partners wrap up the year, make plans for the future

BISHKEK (TCA) — EU-funded Border Management in Central Asia Programme (BOMCA) launched a new round of National Steering Group meetings. The series of five meetings in Central Asia countries began in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) on September 13, continued in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) on 23 September, Tashkent (Uzbekistan) on 26 September, Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan) on 30 September and will terminate in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) on October 3, the European Union delegations in Central Asia countries said.

During the meetings, BOMCA together with its key partners from the beneficiary agencies, as well as EU representatives jointly asses the work done during the previous year and discuss planned activities for the rest of the programme duration. Beneficiaries provide feedback of the status of recommendations, developed by BOMCA in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and inform which recommendations have been adopted into practice and which could be considered as potentially useful in the future. Partners are also given the possibility to share their opinions and ideas that came out of the participation in the BOMCA activities so far as well as provide their recommendations for the successful implementation of remaining activities planned for 2019.

The National Steering Group Meetings continue to serve a basis for monitoring progress towards project goals and a reference point for efficiency of co-operation and partnerships with the beneficiaries during the implementation phase.

The first BOMCA operations in Central Asia began in 2003 and, since then, BOMCA has strengthened the partnership between Central Asian Governments in the field of border management. The European Union allocated a sum of EUR 40.1 million to BOMCA for the period of 2003 – 2019, out of which EUR 6.6 million were assigned to its 9th implementation phase (2015 – 2019). In total 205 activities were implemented by the end of August 2019 in Central Asia countries with the engagement of over 3,000 state officials of beneficiary agencies and provided equipment to four CA countries for over 330,000 EUR.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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