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Integrated border management is vital for the expansion of Armenia’s economic, trade, and cultural ties with the countries of the region. It also can manage and control the flow of travellers efficiently while protecting their rights fully. The European Union is supporting Armenia to modernise northern border crossings in Bagratashen, Bavra and Gogavan, as well as to renovate nearby roads. Now it’s time to move to the Southern border of Armenia and modernise border crossings with Iran.
On 3 October 2016, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project cooperation agreement to implement the “Support to Migration and Border Management in Armenia (MIBMA)” project. MIMBA is fully funded by the European Union.
ars_5217‘The EU wants Armenia to be better connected to the outside world for many reasons, not just economically or culturally, but also politically. A more prosperous Armenia, and indeed EU, is one connected to its neighbours. This project involves a non-Eastern partnership country, Iran. After investing in northern Armenia we now believe that, with current political developments, it’s important to move south, improve the border crossings in Meghri, and increase traffic between Armenia and Iran. We believe that this is a good opportunity not only for Armenia, but also for Iran’, – highlighted Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski.
Bradley Busetto, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia, reinforced UNDP’s commitment to regional connectivity: ‘UNDP has worked extensively on infrastructure upgrades, on sharing knowledge and expertise in transparency, accountability and integrity, as well as in trade facilitation. Together with our partners, we will build on these results and continue supporting Armenia’s efforts in this area’.
The overall budget of the 3-year MIBMA project is approximately €4 million. UNDP, as a project partner will lead the implementation of the border management component with a price tag of EUR 880,000 to be spent before the end of 2017.