Improvement of professional capacities of BCP staff and development of regional cross-border cooperation has always been an important objective for MIBMA. This time it was also complemented with topics related to refugees and asylum, all covered under a joint ICMPD-UNHCR training for Armenian and Georgian border officials conducted on 11-12 February 2020 at Bagratashen BCP. 42 officers engaged in document control improved and refreshed their knowledge and practical skills on profiling, document security features, forgery detection as well as treatment of asylum seekers and application of relevant humanitarian provisions. The training was delivered by ICMPD experts Monika Weber and Pavelas Staskevicius (Lithuanian State Border Guard Service) and UNHCR staff from Armenia and Georgia.
The main goal of this event was to strengthen the capacities of Armenian and Georgian border officials on document security and human rights at the borders and to emphasize their vital role in effective border processes. Involvement of UNHCR office in Georgia was be of specific benefit in terms of sharing specific country experience and specifics with the Armenian BG counterparts. The event also had a potential to positively support international cross-border cooperation and experience exchange in document control methodologies and practices.