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Towards the Automation of Border Management System in Kyrgyzstan

  • Donor: Japanese Government
  • Funds allocated for Kyrgyzstan through IOM: $1,6 mln. USD
  • Duration: 2011 – 2013
  • Geographical coverage: Kyrgyzstan
  • Partners: Border Troop of the Kyrgyzstan

The project, “Towards Automation of Border Management System in the Kyrgyz Republic” is funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It is a two-year project (May 2011 – May 2013) with a budget of approximately USD 1.6 million.

This project was designed in response to the explicit priorities of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to strengthen Kyrgyzstan’s borders and protect the country from the spread of terrorism. The project plans to attain this main goal through the establishment of a computerized Border Management Information System (BMIS). The BMIS will capture biographic data of travelers entering and exiting border crossing points using passport inspection hardware and software.

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • establish a BMIS, targeting identified strategic border checkpoints interlinked with a central database for facilitating data collection, statistics, and analysis; and
  • build national capacity to address irregular migration and counter terrorism.

The main project activities include: a) conduct a needs assessment to check the existing status of checkpoints; b) develop or adapt BMIS software suitable to Kyrgyzstan’s context; c) equip approximately 15 border points with the necessary BMIS hardware and software; d) equip training centers for border services in Bishkek and Osh with BMIS simulation booths; and e) train passport inspection officers of the border services who will use the hardware and software. Training of trainers at the border service training centers will also be conducted to ensure use of BMIS and simulation booths, at border checkpoints and training centers, respectively. A team of BMIS administrators will also be trained to ensure BMIS maintenance and sustainability. The project will cover approximately 15 key international border checkpoints in Kyrgyzstan on the country’s borders with neighboring countries, including road and railroad checkpoints as well as two airports in Bishkek and Osh.

The long-term objective to strive towards for the Government of Kyrgyzstan is to establish an automated BMIS, with each of the international checkpoints equipped with a passport inspection and control hardware and software (database) that will be connected, real-time, to a central database at the HQ level as well as with other checkpoints. This project will only be the first step for Kyrgyzstan to achieve this vision, nevertheless, it will be an important step towards automation of the border management system in the country.

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