Ashgabat, September 15, /Arzuw NEWS/. The final conference of the 9th phase of the European Union's Border Management Assistance Program in Central Asia (BOMCA) was held in the capital city's Archabil Hotel.
At the press conference, Diego Ruiz Alonso, Head of the EU Delegation to Turkmenistan, made an opening speech:
The European Union and Turkmenistan have a long-term relationship that is based on mutually beneficial principles. The EU Strategy for Central Asia is helping to achieve an unprecedented level of good relations in the Central Asian region. BOMCA-9 conducted 58 events with the participation of Border Authorities of Turkmenistan. More than 450 border officials took part and relevant equipment was provided. As a result of the events, 28 recommendations were sent to Turkmenistan's national partners through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Today we officially conclude the current phase of BOMCA-9. This conference will present the results that have been achieved from 2015 to 2020, not only at the national level, but also at the regional level. The next phase of the program will also be discussed, for which about 22 million euros will be allocated, and which will include the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
We are very grateful for Turkmenistan's active cooperation and for the efforts of national partners," the Ambassador noted.
Then, the conference was continued by Peter Burian, eU Special representative for Central Asia. Mr. Burian praised the joint work with the governments of the region, noting the importance of further dialogue and partnership for sustainability: increased cooperation on effective border management in the fight against organized cross-border crime, which is in the interest of both Central Asia and the European Union.
The first BOMCA activities in Central Asia began in 2003, and since then, the program has played a positive role in promoting cooperation among border control agencies through the concept of integrated border management. The Program is also helping Central Asian countries bring their border management practices closer in line with international and European Union standards. Between 2003 and 2020, the European Union has allocated 40.5 million euros to the program. The European Union has allocated €40.1 million to BOMCA, of which €6.6 million is for the Phase 9 program for the period 2015-2020.