EU-funded initiative to support open and secure borders between Armenia and GeorgiaMay 17, 2016
A truck scanner worth GEL 3.3 million (USD 1.5 million) has been installed at the Sadakhlo Border Crossing Point between Armenia and Georgia. The scanner provides a reliable means of inspecting cargo ensuring the manifest verification, accurate tariff collection and identification of illegal goods.
The scanner has been provided through a European Union funded project implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and is part of a wider EU-supported initiative to further advance Integrated Border Management in the South Caucasus.
H.E. Janos Herman, European Union Ambassador to Georgia; Shombi Sharp, Resident Representative a.i. of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia; and Giorgi Tabuashvili, First Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia, Director General of Georgian Revenue Service, visited the Sadakhlo Border Crossing Point on 17 May to see the operation of a new scanner and meet with customs officers.
“Georgia’s achievements in reforming the management of its borders has been fully recognised by the European Union while evaluating the country’s progress with the implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan and proposing a visa waiver decision for Georgian citizens. Our assistance promotes ongoing reforms and contributes to border management, in this case the improvement of border monitoring,” Ambassador Janos Herman said.
With the total budget of GEL 10 million (EUR 4.3 million), the EU/UNDP initiative helped the governments of Armenia and Georgia to tackle smuggling and trafficking, ease people’s movement at the border crossing point, equip and train customs officers and border guards, and promote professional cooperation between the border management agencies of the two countries. The European Union and UNDP also assisted the Government of Georgia to prepare and endorse the Border Management Strategy of Georgia for 2014-2018.
“Well-managed borders are a matter not only of national security, but also economic development and regional cooperation. Open and secure borders facilitate both people’s mobility and trade, boosting growth in the region,” Shombi Sharp said.
The European Union and UNDP will continue their assistance to the South Caucasus countries to anchor Integrated Border Management recognised as one of the most effective tools to maintain open but secure and controlled borders.
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