From 16 to 20 January 2017, the team of ICMPD experts conducted an initial assessment at the Bagratashen border crossing point (BCP) The main objective of the mission was to assess the status of the implementation of Integrated Border Management (IBM) with an emphasis on border security and trade facilitation and to evaluate Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) in terms of their compliance with IBM concept and principles. The experts also examined existing policies, technical equipment, training and organizational needs as well as legal basis related to cross-border cooperation. The interested interlocutors from the Armenian authorities are National Security Council, Border Troops of the National Security Service, State Revenue Committee, RA Police, State Service for Food Safety and Ministry of Health.
The assessment revealed limited institutional inter-agency cooperation among border agencies at the BCP, lack of joint trainings and joint use of equipment. There is a need to develop joint contingency plan at the BCP in case of emergency situations as well as in-house rules to regulate movements within and around the BCP area. Other recommendations included strengthening of a risk analysis system and information exchange, installation of a video spectral comparator, and introduction of the One Window concept for Customs procedures.
The initial recommendations and conclusions were shared with the Armenian counterparts for joint follow up at the end of the mission while a comprehensive report will be shared at a later date. The project will support development and implementation of some recommendations within its Border Management Component.