EU helps Central Asian countries strengthen state borders
European Union plans to allocate almost 22 million euros in five years to strengthen the borders of five countries of Central Asia. The funding is aimed at the implementation of special program. Afghanistan will take part in it. The project’s goal is to create an effective border system, including for the expansion of trade between the region’s countries. European officials said that the initiative will contribute to the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan. Part of the funds will be allocated to equip checkpoints on Afghanistan’s state borders, train personnel and create an effective system to control movement of people and goods.
Head of Cooperation Section of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan Charlotte Adriaen noted that the primary task is to increase the capacity of the border services of the Central Asian states. Ultimately, all these efforts should lead to transparent conduct of mutual trade with all forms of accountability. She added that they will be able to place a barrier on the path of illegal trade and try to involve Afghanistan in the process of expanding trade relations, so that the benefits are maximized for all countries in the region.
The EU plans to keep working closely with the national security bodies, customs structures, phytosanitary and border services of Central Asian region.
Another important area of the EU program is the training of future border officials. In particular, the introduction of training programs for customs officers in universities. For example, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University is the first institution of higher education in Central Asia to receive a certificate from the World Customs Organization. Graduates of this university are given the right to work at customs not only in the region, but also in Europe.