UNDP Develops Capacities of Customs Service and Border Troops Staff

02 May 2013

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Yerevan - On May 2-3 the Training Center of the State Revenue Committee hosts a national workshop on “Searching of Goods and Transport Means” organized within the framework of the EU funded and UNDP implemented “Enhancement of Border Management Capabilities at Bavra-Ninotsminda Border Crossing Point between Georgia and Armenia (BNIBM)” project.

The objective of this workshop is to familiarize the relevant operational staff of the Customs Service of the State Revenue Committee and Border Troops of the National Security Service with the most advanced methods of examination and search of cargo and means of transportation. The workshop consists of presentations and practical demonstrations through which the most up-to date EU search practices and examination techniques will be presented to participants.

“UNDP and EU take serious efforts to support Armenia in introduction of integrated border management system with the ultimate goal of facilitation of trade and transit and enhancement of movement of people across the border, at the same ensuring border security. This requires strong legal framework and streamlined procedures, enhanced inter-agency and cross-border international cooperation in line with EU IBM standards, as well as improvement of transparency, accountability and integrity of border management agencies,” said Sophie Kemkhadze, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative a.i., in her welcome remarks. She further stressed that to achieve this, serious capacity and professional potential is required, apart from infrastructure and equipment upgrades. Thus, on the Armenian side, the project focuses primarily on supporting the government in further capacity development of border management agencies, as well as provision of infrastructure, equipment and IT systems to Bavra border crossing point.

The event is facilitated by Mr. Ģirts Pilāns, Deputy Head of Enforcement Division of National Customs Board of the State Revenue Service of Latvia who will present the EU best practices in the field of search and examination of cargo and vehicles.

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