"Central Asian countries as well as the world at large are facing a number of ambiguous and multifactor security challenges and threats, addressing of which requires the consolidated efforts of politicians, diplomats and international experts.
"At the beginning of 2000, the European Union began to actively cooperate with the Central Asian states, including the Kyrgyz Republic, on regional security and countering transnational threats. This cooperation resulted in the development and implementation of one of the largest EU-funded programmes in the Central Asia region, namely, BOMCA.
"During the more than 10 years of the programme's history in Kyrgyzstan and in the region as a whole, I can say that BOMCA diligently sought the best and most innovative ways to strengthen the capacity of its beneficiaries through technical support, institutional development and improvement of professional skills and the capacity of agencies involved in border management issues." Rayimberdi Duishenbiev, Major General, Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic