Southern Caucasus Integrated Border Management


Bilateral Azerbaijan - Georgia Seminar on Border Management

In the specific context of the South Caucasus, the outdated border management approach demonstrates critical discrepancies and often fails to include all relevant agencies. Considering the benefits of the Integrated Border Management (IBM) model, the Governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia have confirmed in a joint Ministerial Declaration their commitment to advancing the IBM system. The countries will develop integration among appropriate government agencies domestically and will make all efforts towards bilateral integration in partnership with counterparts from the EU Member States. The project is designed to support implementation of the integrated border management principles in Azerbaijan and along the borders of Azerbaijan with Georgia.

Project Goals

Project goals are to enhance strategic border management capacities; develop and establish IBM-related procedures and operations including Border Check Points (BCPs); assess the benefits of IBM approach through pilot activities; provide technical assistance to pilot BCPs and other IBM-related units. The project will also raise awareness about and buy-in of IBM approach and improve operational procedures

Project Accomplishments

  • Project organized a series of visits to relevant national/international border management agencies and joint trainings/workshops, which significantly raised appreciation for IBM concept and improved the understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of such cooperation. The project facilitated intensive discussions at regional level on possible ways of strengthening cross-border collaboration.
  • Project has contributed to visible improvement in operational efficiency of the border agencies. Introduction of mobile passport readers on Baku-Tbilisi rail route has significantly reduced the waiting time at border crossing.
  • At the request of the State Border Service, project initiated the development of Border Code of Azerbaijan aimed at improving overall border management practices.



Amount of contribution, US$

European Commission

1,748 000




Fiscal Year

Amount of disbursement, USD


681 426


1 032 992


Project start date
September 2009
Estimated project end date
September 2012
Geographic coverage
Baku, Gazakh region
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
Project Officer
Mr. Shamil Rzayev, Senior Programme Adviser,
State Border Service of the Republic of Azerbaijan, State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan; border authorities of Georgia
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