12 - 14 September 2017

Seminar on Implementation of National Border Management Strategy


These series of seminars offer a platform where participants discuss the state of play of the national border security and management strategies and action plans, and review their implementation and monitoring mechanisms. Special attention is given to processes of developing and implementing strategies and action plans, planning financial resources and ensuring that systems in place allow thorough monitoring of the implementation. In order to achieve higher impact, the participants together with experts work towards finding practical solutions to the existing problems.

Eligible Participants: Senior Border Security and Management Officials

Geographic Focus:Tajikistan

Partner:Border Management Unit of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan


18 - 22 September 2017

Trade Facilitation Implementation Programme


The purpose of the workshop is to train participants on how to use the Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide in their own country. The workshop is also designed to stimulate the sharing of national practices and the discussion on opportunities for regional cooperation in the trade facilitation areas covered in the guide (documents simplification and data harmonization, Single Window implementation, consultation and cooperation for trade facilitation, cross border management, etc.)

The course is designed with the aim of facilitating dynamic learning of trade facilitation priorities and implementation strategies. The learning activities stimulate active involvement and encourage participants to reflect on their own context and to share their experiences.

The Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide produced jointly by the OSCE and the UNECE is a web-based and interactive tool to help countries better access global value chains, through easier and faster trade procedures. A set of case studies on how countries have succeeded in facilitating trade and a training manual complement the Guide.

Eligible Participants: Mid to Senior Level Officials from Customs, Ministries of Economy and Ministries of Transport, Representatives of Business Associations

Geographic Focus:Central Asia and Afghanistan

Partner:Economic Unit of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


02- 27 October 2017

Border Management Staff Course


This one month course focuses on principles and standards of the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept, which covers all three dimensions of security, including the political-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects.

It is composed of seven overarching modules that present the OSCE’s comprehensive approach to effective border security and management. Each of the modules reflects relevant best practices and lessons identified.

The modules focus on Promoting Border Security and Management in the OSCE Area; Border Security and Management Models (Political-Military Dimension); Economic and Environmental Factors of Border Security and Management (OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension); Human Dimension of Border Control and Management (OSCE Human Dimension); Organizational Management and Leadership; Learning and Teaching Methodologies.

Each module is presented through a variety of training and learning methods that include:

Lectures and presentations,

Follow-up discussions on subject matter,

Group exercises and activities supported by experts,

Group research projects,

Roundtable discussions with experts from international organisations and the diplomatic community,

Field visits to the nearby borders with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.

Since 2014, once a year, a Staff Course is organised for Women Leaders only.

Eligible Participants: Mid to Senior Level Officers of Border, Customs, Immigration, Police, Drug Control, Phyto-sanitary, and Trade/Transport Services and Agencies

Geographic Focus:57 OSCE participating States and 11 Partners for Co-operation


16 October 2017

Roundtable on Afghanistan: Regional Threat Screening


The key objective of the event is to create a platform for relevant subject area experts, representatives of the government agencies, diplomatic missions, international organizations, and the Border Management Staff Course participants to exchange ideas and experiences concerning the recent developments in and around Afghanistan, national and international strategies to prevent the security threats originating from Afghanistan and the influence of these threats on the security situation in Central Asia.

Eligible Participants: Subject Area Experts, Representatives of Government Agencies, Diplomatic Missions, and International Organizations

Geographic Focus:57 OSCE participating States and 11 Partners for Co-operation


06 - 16 November 2017

Train the Trainers Course for the Afghan Border Police


The Train the Trainer Courses aim to develop a cadre of instructors who will be able to deliver modern theoretical and practical lessons as well as to train and assess other instructors delivering specific border security related knowledge.

Among others, the courses focus on the following Instructional Methods:

• Three Stages of Lesson Planning: Introduction, Development, and Consolidation;

• Choosing the appropriate instructional format (Practical Skills vs. Theory);

• Setting learning objectives;

• Teaching strategies;

• Identifying and addressing student needs;

• Question and answer techniques;

• Selecting suitable training resources and activities.


Eligible Participants: Mid-ranking Border Officials

Geographic Focus:Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Partner:EU-funded, UNDP-implemented BOMNAF (Border Management Northern Afghanistan) project


11 – 13 December 2017

Capacity Building for the Customs Administrations in Central Asia


The course aims at strengthening the institutional capacity of the customs administrations and management of Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. It covers the best practices and working methods of customs offices, in particular organizing customs and post-clearance audits, passenger entry procedures, and risk management in customs clearance on national and international levels. The primary goal of the course is establishment of a network for efficient information exchange as well as addressing fraud, money laundering and countering terrorist financing.

Eligible Participants: Mid to Senior Level Customs Officials

Geographic Focus:Central Asia and Afghanistan

Partner:The Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF)