On Thursday, December 3, the Minister of the Interior Sandis Ģirģens handed out two awards to General Guntis Pujāts, the Chief of the State Border Guard (SBG).
By the Order of the Ministry of the Interior of November 24, 2020 on active participation and a significant contribution to the implementation of international operations, the Chief of the State Border Guard was awarded the “Award of the State Border Guard for contributing to international missions and operations”, as well as the Award of the “Border Management Program in Central Asia - Phase 9” (BOMCA 9) for an excellent contribution to the “Border Management in Central Asia - Phase 9” Project.
On June 11, 2015 the Grant Agreement No.DCI-ASIE/2015/358-348: “Border Management in Central Asia - Phase 9 (BOMCA 9)” was signed between the Mission of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic and the State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia. In accordance with the Grant Agreement on June 15, 2015 the implementation of project activities was launched. The State Border Guard of the Republic of Latvia was designated as the leading authority for the management of the Consortium of participating countries of the BOMCA 9 Project.
From May 2019, at the final phase of the Project, General Guntis Pujāts ensured the full functioning of the Consortium. Cooperation with Project Beneficiaries and Consortium Partners was facilitated. Work on gathering information on the results of the implementation of recommendations, developed during the Project in the area of border security and promotion of trade, was successfully organised. As a result of extensive work, the border guarding systems of the CA countries, as well as the procedures for control of goods and cargo, were improved. In addition, an important step was taken to ensure that the CA countries’ national legislation complies with international standards. As a result of the work of General Guntis Pujāts, the State Border Guard participated in the tender announced by the European Union for the implementation of the next BOMCA phase and gained the right to manage the next Project phase and to lead the Consortium.