A Modern Border Crossing Point in BagratashenOct 15, 2015
Yerevan, 15 October 2015 – “We are committed to establishing a modern integrated border management (IBM) system in Armenia, to the highest international standards, including infrastructure, legal and procedural frameworks,” stated the members of a high-level delegation, who paid an inspection visit to the Bagratashen border crossing point (BCP), currently under construction.
Today, László Baranyay, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), accompanied by Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, and Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section, EU Delegation to Armenia, had an opportunity to get a first-hand information about the construction process of Bagratashen BCP, challenges, and completion timelines.
The modernization of Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan BCPs on the Armenian-Georgian border is a top priority for the Government of Armenia. The project is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia with financial support of the EU financial institutions.
The Government of Armenia has received 30 million Euros in loans for the project from the EIB for infrastructure and equipment at the BCPs, which is complemented by a grant of 12 million Euros from the European Commission’s Neighborhood Investment Facility (NIF) and more than 3 million Euros from the EU funded Eastern Partnership IBM Flagship Initiative. The main contractor for construction works is French SADE Consortium, while the construction supervision is provided by Belgian SAFEGE Consulting Engineers.
“UNDP is pleased to support the modernization of Armenia’s borders, and this means not just highest standard infrastructure, but also strengthened systems and procedures that are also world-class”, said Mr. Bradley Busetto, UN RC/UNDP RR in Armenia. Since 2010, UNDP trained more than 700 officials from all border management agencies on search techniques, document security, human resources management, added the head of the UN in Armenia. Through the additional construction of gas and fiber-optic networks, more than 50 thousand residents of bordering communities have also been able to benefit from this infrastructure.
Mr. László Baranyay, EIB Vice-President responsible for lending in the Eastern Partnership countries, stated: “Efficient handling of traffic and goods is vital for passenger transport and trade exchange between Armenia and Georgia. Today I witnessed first-hand how the EIB loan and other EU funding is helping to modernize this critical border crossing.”
Mr. Hoa-Binh Adjemian, Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia stated: “The benefits of this project are multifaceted. Modernizing the border crossing points not only improves the services provided to the customers but also contributes to the facilitation of international trade and transit. At the same time it keeps the borders secure, and reduces smuggling and trafficking of people and goods. The regional dimension of this project is of great value as in addition to enhancing inter-agency cooperation, the concept of regional integration promotes economic development, stability and peace.”
It is expected that the three border crossing points in Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan will be completed and operational in 2016.
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