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Under the EU’s Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA), three Tajik border posts were remodeled.
DUSHANBE — Three border posts remodeled under the EU’s Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) and the UN Development Programme opened in Tajikistan on Oct. 23. Commander of Tajikistan’s border forces Sherali Mirzo, the French and British Ambassadors, and representatives of the European Commission, UNDP and the Swedish Agency for International Development attended the ceremony marking the event.
BOMCA Programme Manager Sukhrob Kakharov said the barracks and officer accommodations were remodeled at the Shidz, Sokhcharv and Pastkhuv border stations. New heating systems were installed, and furniture and kitchen furnishings were replaced. “The work cost more than half a million U.S. dollars,” Kakharov said.
BOMCA provides technical assistance to Tajik border forces on an ongoing basis. Two other posts on the Tajik-Uzbek border received equipment in August to identify counterfeit documents and search for smuggled goods.
Launched in 2004, BOMCA has become one of the largest EU aid programmes in Central Asia, with a total budget of almost US$40 million. It grants funds to the border forces, customs service and other law-enforcement agencies in Tajikistan and other former Soviet Central Asian nations.
Under BOMCA, the EU plans to continue assisting with institutional reforms in border management and providing help with personnel and finance development and the modernisation of infrastructure along the main trade routes in the region.
The EU is one of Tajikistan’s main donors. Since 1992, it has provided more than $750 million for various development programmes in the country.