On 13-17 March, the Centre, together with the UNDP-implemented EU Border Management Northern Afghanistan (EU-BOMNAF) project, organised a first joint training for border officials from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. Two training experts presented methods of observing non-verbal behavior, examining travel and identity documents and detecting imposters to twenty middle- and high-ranking officials from Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The course is part of the series of activities implemented jointly with BOMNAF in order to enhance capabilities and co-operation between border guards from both countries. The first training was organized in September 2016 in Ashgabat for thirteen middle-rank border police officers from the northern border of Afghanistan who were trained on analyzing information, observation and communication skills as well as human rights issues, including gender awareness.
The event was organized within the framework of an Extra Budgetary OSCE project on strengthening border guard capacities in Turkmenistan, which was launched in 2014 and currently is being implemented with the financial support of the governments of Germany and the United States of America.