EU provides $1.5 Million to Support Border Management Systems in South Caucasus

UNDP's Dafina Gercheva

YEREVAN (ArmRadio)—The National Security Council staff, jointly with the EU-funded and UNDP-implemented “Supporting Integrated Border Management in the South Caucasus” Program, Monday presented its objectives and current achievements.

On the eve of the adoption of the 2011-2015 Integrated Border Management Action Plan by the Government of Armenia, the objective of this meeting was to present the implemented activities in the area of IBM by the Armenian authorities and plans for 2011, as well as to provide information on the SCIBM program goals, objectives and accomplishments.

“Improving border management for better governance and economic development is one of the important programmatic areas for UNDP in Europe and CIS. It is also one of the main areas of UNDP’s partnership with the European Union,” said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia. She further reiterated UNDP’s readiness and commitment to continue its support to the Government of Armenia in its efforts to implement this ambitious reform program.

Panel speakers also included Arthur Baghdasaryan, Secretary of the Armenian National Security Council, and Jean-Christophe Gaynard, Acting Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia.

Heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Armenia, representatives of international organizations, as well as the responsible authorities of the border management agencies and representatives of NGOs dealing with regional development attended the event.

“Supporting Integrated Border Management Systems in the South Caucasus” (SCIBM) is a UNDP implemented and EU-funded programme with an overall budget of EUR 1,403,000. The aim of the programme is the establishment of integrated border management principles and operational techniques in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan, as well as enhancement of inter-agency, bilateral and regional co-operation between the South Caucasus countries, EU Member States and other international stakeholders. The ultimate goal is to facilitate the movement of legitimate persons and goods across borders, while at the same time maintaining those borders secure from illegal activity.

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