YEREVAN, September 27. / ARKA /. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan traveled today to Bagratashen in northern Armenia to take part in a ceremony that marked the launch of a project designed to modernize and revamp three border crossings - Bagratashen, Bagra and Gogavan – on the border with Georgia.
The improved border crossings, equipped for vehicles and pedestrians, will have a more efficient and increased processing capacity, as well as providing a multi-directional road crossing for international cargo and passenger traffic. Located 200km from Yerevan, Bagratashen is the main land transport corridor connecting Armenia, through Georgia, with the rest of the world.
The ceremony was attended also by the head of the State Revenue Committee Gagik Khachatrian, who said the modernization is the cornerstone of a set of reform. Khachatrian said the next in the row is the border check point in Meghri on the border with Iran and the customs warehouses.
Aram Tananyan, a senior official of the National Security Council, said the when the modernization is over it will take citizens 3-5 minutes to cross the border, passenger cars - 7 minutes, and trucks with cargo - up to 20 minutes.
The cost of the program for modernization of the frontiers of Armenia is estimated to cost 50 million euros. The European Union has allocated 7.7 million euros to Armenia for the modernization of three border crossings (Bagratashen , Bavra and Gogavan ) as part of the Integrated Border Management Program in the South Caucasus. -0-