Training and mentoring to improve capacity of border management agencies to perform their duties will be required for the foreseeable future. BOMNAF and other agencies continue to train Border Management personnel on the border.
UNODC support activities
In addition to the training activities tabulated above, BOMNAF provided €2,000,000 to support UNODC’s ‘Regional Cooperation in Precursor Control between Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries’ project, which provided training in counter trafficking in illegal narcotics and precursor chemicals through Afghanistan’s northern border with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Plans are under development for joint cross-border training events, including training in Search Techniques, Passport Control, etc., for Afghan Border Police/Customs and Tajik Border Guard/Customs, to be hosted at BOMNAF facilities on the Afghanistan side of the border. Preliminary discussions with Afghan Border Police and Tajik Border Guards have verified interest in cooperative efforts for such joint training activities. A training needs analysis study at the largest border crossing point between the two countries, Nizhny Pyanj/Shir Khan Bandar, confirmed the need for the same training on each side.
More than 600 Afghan Border Police, Afghan Customs and Tajik Border Force officers attended the BOMNAF trainings in Integrated Border Managements and associated subjects during 2013 and 2014. The table shows the breakdown of the number of students for the last two years.