The international online training on border crossing facilitation for transit goods transported by rail and road, organized by the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, was held on May 27th, 2020.
As the ORIENT correspondent was told at the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, the training was organized as part of the Center’s extrabudgetary project “Strengthening the Capacity of the State Border Service in Turkmenistan,” which focuses on the development of cross-border trade and transit potential of the Central Asian region.
The purpose of the online training was to familiarize participants with the aspects of security, public health, technical, economic and environmental aspects of border crossing for transit goods transported by rail and road, as well as with the computerization and digitalization of transport infrastructures. Since the promotion of trade requires an interdisciplinary approach, the training was attended by representatives of four state institutions: the State Border, Customs and Migration Services of Turkmenistan, as well as the transport police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Turkmenistan.
At the opening of the session, Natalia Drozd, head of the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, said: “Turkmenistan is making continuous efforts to create new large-scale regional infrastructures that will facilitate communication with neighboring countries and expand cooperation with many other countries through various regional platforms.”
She also noted that in the digital age, since sending, transit and receiving countries are included in the process of transporting goods across borders, it is important that the software systems used by the relevant border and customs authorities are compatible and facilitate the transit of goods. “We organized this event to support the host country’s initiatives for the development of international multimodal transit corridors and sustainable transport, which are reflected in UN General Assembly resolutions on the role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation for sustainable development.”
An international expert from the Russian Federation and representatives of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, the European Union-funded Border Management Program in Central Asia, the World Trade Center, the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, the International Road Transport Union and the World Customs Organization discussed a wide range of issues related to facilitating crossing borders for transit goods.
Experts emphasized the importance of technology development and real-time information exchange for effective harmonization of border and customs procedures, which will facilitate the unhindered movement of transit goods across borders.
The training was organized with the financial support of the governments of Germany and Norway.