Integrated Border Management at Ninotsminda-Bavra


UNDP Georgia borders
New vehicles enhance border units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. December 2012. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

A joint UNDP and European Union initiative assists the Georgian and Armenian governments in reducing the barriers for trade, transit and movement of people across the Ninotsminda - Bavra Border, a crossing point between two countries. Integrated Border Management (IBM), one of the most effective mechanisms to maintain open but secure borders, requires further institutional development and capacity building of the local agencies.

What We Do

This initiative builds upon the successful experience and achievements of the previous South Caucasus Integrated Border Management Programme which ended in September 2012. Our main goal is to complement the efforts of the governments in improving security, reducing smuggling and trafficking, smoothing the mobility of people across Georgia-Armenia border.

Some results so far

  • Local agencies in Georgia and Armenia have further developed IBM regulatory frameworks and policies. State and international donor community coordinated their efforts. Plus, bilateral procedures for improved border crossing at Bavra-Ninotsminda and elsewhere have been agreed.
  • Intra-Agency & inter-Agency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) have been developed, and all the necessary equipment and infrastructure for EU IBM was provided.
  • The professional skills training guided the representatives of the Georgian and Armenian border agencies in such issues as document security, risk assessment and profiling, refugee law and asylum rights, international property rights and identification of counterfeit goods and many other.
  • Public understanding of, and confidence in the work of Border Agencies improved, and Border Agencies have enhanced public service ethos and culture, based on the highest standards of accountability, transparency and professional integrity.

Who finances it

European Union  US$ 291,451


 US$ 31,930   
Start date:
November 2012
End date:
October 2013
Geographical coverage:
Georgia, Armenia
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) - Austria; State Border Guard & Customs Service - Latvia
Project Document
  • Enhancement of Border Management Capabilities at Bavra - Ninotsminda BCPs between Armenia and Georgia Signature Page | Document
Contact Information

Nikoloz Samkharadze

Project Manager

71 Abashidze Street

+995 32 2204102

Tbilisi Georgia

Contact Person in UNDP

Natia Natsvlishvili

Democratic Governance Team Leader