YEREVAN, March 11. / ARKA /. A 4.3 million euro worth project designed to modernize Bagratashen and Sadakhlo border crossings on the Armenian-Georgian border was launched today. The project is financed by the European Union and is to be implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
According to the head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, this project will introduce European standards of integrated border management at the border crossing points on the Armenia-Georgia border and facilitate trade, transit and enhanced movement of people across the border.
The UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia Bradley Buzetto said the border crossings will be modernized in conformity with the best international standards to make it easier to cross the border, to reduce corruption risks and red tape.
He said this requires a legal framework, high level of interaction between various government agencies, as well as transparency of border overseeing bodies.
In addition to the EBRD that has released 10.3 million euros, also the European Investment Bank will release 30 million euros to finance the modernization project. Funds will come also from the European Union’s Neighbourhood Investment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme and the government of Armenia. -0-