Border Management in Northern Afghanistan II (BOMNAF II)
What is the Project about?
The objective of this project is to reinforce border management capacity and trans-border cooperation in the Northern provinces of Afghanistan. The project intention is to improve cross-border cooperation and the capacity to reduce crime thereby increasing legal trade, travel and commerce along Afghanistan’s border with Central Asian countries of Tajikistan Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This will also contribute to mutual trust, regional development, conflict resolution and prevention, and enhanced human security, as well as to indirectly enhance and expand economic development on both sides of the border.
- Efficiency and capacity of the Afghan Border Police (ABP) on Afghanistan’s northern border is increased.
- Inter-agency and cross-border communication, cooperation, and coordination between Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbours are improved.
- Strengthening confidence building between Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries is assisted.
Accomplishments so far
Training: 926 (including 38 female) officers, mainly from the Afghan Border Police, but also from the Afghan Customs Department were trained on Border Management Awareness by the end of 2016, in the following subjects:
- Narcotics and Pre-Cursor Interdiction
- Transparency, Integrity & Accountability (TIA).
- Customs and Trade Facilitation
- Border Security and Travel Documentation
- Community-based Border Management
- Migration Management
- Gender Integration
- Human Trafficking & Human Rights
- Disaster Risk Management
- Technical, Mechanical & Specialist skills
- Driver Training including All-terrain Vehicles
- ICT skills
- Air Cargo
- Practical First Aid
In addition, beneficiaries were also trained on related practical subjects such as Disaster Risk preparedness and management, Map Reading and Navigation, Driver Licence qualification, ICT, First Aid, Patrol Leadership, Train The Trainer, etc. Trainings are taking place in Dushanbe, Ashgabat, Mazar-e-Sharif and along the Tajik-Afghan border at the Border Crossing Points (BCP). Trainings at the BCPs are attended by officers from both sides of the border for exchange of experiences and improving cross-border cooperation and collaboration purposes.
Construction: The following Construction projects have been completed and are ongoing in Northern Afghanistan under the BOMNAF II project:
- A new Training Centre is built and equipped for the Afghan Border Police, Brigade # 7 in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province.
- A new Battalion Headquarters and facilities for the 6th Battalion of the Afghan Border Police is constructed in Chashmai Tut, Khohon District, Badakhshan Province.
- Border Crossing Point in Sheghnan, Badakshan Province is reconstructed.
- Reconstruction of the Border Crossing Point Aqina in the Faryab Province is ongoing.
- Construction of two Border Crossing Points in Dehqonkhona and Khohon will start in 2017.
Equipment supply: The project delivered specialized equipment, furniture and other supplies to the following Afghan Border Police units:
The equipment mainly includes all necessary equipment and furniture for newly constructed facilities; training aids; communication equipment; search and detection equipment; camping equipment for effective patrolling of the green border consisting of sleeping bags, tents, portable power generators, hand tools, cool boxes, etc.
Regional Cooperation (Conferences and events):
In addition to ongoing liaison and cooperation meetings with border management bodies of the region, the project is facilitating and hosting events and conferences to improve cross-border and regional cooperation, communication and collaboration between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries. This includes:
· Trade and Cooperation Conference in Dushanbe in 2015. Over 100 delegates including senior border commanders, customs managers, government officials and experts from Tajikistan and Afghanistan and international community attended the event. Issues such as Improvement of Regional Cooperation throughout the area; Enhancement of capacity building; Facilitation of Trade, Transit and Investment; Planning of future regional activities were discussed at the event.
· Operations ‘Building Bridges’ in 2016. The primary aim of the event was to provide an opportunity for senior officers of the Afghanistan Border Police to meet their counterparts in the Tajikistan Border Force, within an operational environment, in the field, along the Afghan-Tajik border.
Joint EU BOMNAF and OSCE training in Ashgabat. EU-BOMNAF joined forces with the OSCE Centre in Turkmenistan and organized a five-day Executive General Patrol Course, for thirteen middle-ranking Afghan Border Police officers from Afghanistan’s northern border with Turkmenistan.
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