EC support to border management at the afghani-tajik border
Governance, economic, social development
Amount: € 83.556
The Afghan Government has taken steps to reinforce other borders but it has not done much on borders with the Central Asian Republics of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Tajikistan is the weakest border of the three because of its length (more than 1,500 km This certainly renders the Afghan-Tajik border more insecure and open to the illicit movement of people and goods, particularly opiates transiting Central Asia and the Russian Federation on their way to Europe. The beneficiary of the mission is the Afghan Government. The overall objective of this project is to strengthen regional co-operation through improving Afghan border control and Management, to sketch out a border management concept for Afghanistan’s northern areas and to contribute to its implementation on the Afghan-Tajik border. The strategy is to build up border management capacities for the Afghan-Tajik border, with special emphasis on infrastructure (crossing points) and the fight against narcotics. It seems that such programs are more efficient when they include measures aimed at increasing the awareness of the local communities. The project therefore includes a component of awareness-raising and broader support to communities living in the vicinity of the border.