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Enhanced border management at Bavra-Ninotsminda

13 February 2013

On 6 February, at an opening conference, the EU Delegation to Armenia, UNDP in Armenia, the National Security Council of Armenia and the Armenia State Revenue Committee jointly presented the objectives and perspectives of the EU-funded and UNDP-implemented “Enhancement of Border Management Capabilities at the Bavra-Ninotsminda Border Crossing Point between Armenia and Georgia” project.
The project, which has an overall budget of €1,403,000, will introduce European standards of integrated border management at Bavra-Ninotsmida and facilitate trade, transit and enhanced movement of people across the border.
The implementation of this project started in October 2012. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, stated that the project had already started to make progress in both countries. He expressed the hope that border management would enhance cross-border cooperation in the future through the exchange of information, and that the two countries would work jointly towards improving legislation and procedures, thus supporting effective movement of people, and facilitating trade and transit.

‘The EU is currently negotiating a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with Armenia. Significant progress was made by signing the Visa Facilitation Agreement between Armenia and the EU in December last year. Successful implementation of the “Bavra-Ninotsminda Border Crossing Point” project will strongly contribute to ensuring support for implementing all these documents and agreements in the future’, said Hristea, adding that closer trade and economic integration with the European Union was a key factor for Armenia’s economic growth.

As part of the initiative, the capacities of Armenian and Georgian border staff will be developed through professional skills, training sessions on a range of subjects, such as document security, risk assessment and profiling, search techniques, international property rights and the identification of counterfeit goods, refugee law and asylum rights, shift management, among others.

The Secretary of the National Security Council, Artur Baghdasaryan, expressed hope that, within 2-3 years, Armenia would have a modernised border infrastructure which would meet European standards, and that integrated border management would act as an efficient and workable tool which would help to reduce corruption and bureaucracy: ‘It is planned that, through this project, transport vehicles crossing the border will grow from 200 to 600. Trucks, which have to stay currently on the border for 75 minutes will be able to cross in 25, and pedestrians will be able to cross the border in 3 minutes’.

Enhanced border management at Bavra-Ninotsminda

On 6 February, at an opening conference, the EU Delegation to Armenia, UNDP in Armenia, the National Security Council of Armenia and the Armenia State Revenue Committee jointly presented the objectives and perspectives of the EU-funded and UNDP-implemented “Enhancement of Border Management Capabilities at the Bavra-Ninotsminda Border Crossing Point between Armenia and Georgia” project. The project, which has an overall budget of €1,403,000, will introduce European standards of integrated border management at Bavra-Ninotsmida and facilitate trade, transit and enhanced movement of people across the border. The implementation of this project started in October 2012. The Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, stated that the project had already started to make progress in both countries. He expressed the hope that border management would enhance cross-border cooperation in the future through the exchange of information, and that the two countries would work jointly towards improving legislation and procedures, thus supporting effective movement of people, and facilitating trade and transit. ‘The EU is currently negotiating a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with Armenia. Significant progress was made by signing the Visa Facilitation Agreement between Armenia and the EU in December last year. Successful implementation of the “Bavra-Ninotsminda Border Crossing Point” project will strongly contribute to ensuring support for implementing all these documents and agreements in the future’, said Hristea, adding that closer trade and economic integration with the European Union was a key factor for Armenia’s economic growth. As part of the initiative, the capacities of Armenian and Georgian border staff will be developed through professional skills, training sessions on a range of subjects, such as document security, risk assessment and profiling, search techniques, international property rights and the identification of counterfeit goods, refugee law and asylum rights, shift management, among others. The Secretary of the National Security Council, Artur Baghdasaryan, expressed hope that, within 2-3 years, Armenia would have a modernised border infrastructure which would meet European standards, and that integrated border management would act as an efficient and workable tool which would help to reduce corruption and bureaucracy: ‘It is planned that, through this project, transport vehicles crossing the border will grow from 200 to 600. Trucks, which have to stay currently on the border for 75 minutes will be able to cross in 25, and pedestrians will be able to cross the border in 3 minutes’.