An OSCE-supported series of national trainings for trainers on travel document security concluded in Turkmenbashy on 7 July 2023.
The OSCE Centre in Ashgabat organized the series of three-day events in close co-operation with the EU Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) in Turkmenistan (Phase 10) to provide future trainers with basic and advanced training programmes and a set of materials for further training of the field staff.
Two national trainers representing the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan delivered two training courses, the first of which was held from 12 to 14 June 2023 in Turkmenabat. Both events brought together the total of twenty-six officials representing the State Border and State Migration Services of Turkmenistan in the Lebap and Balkan provinces.
The training course introduced participants to the document check system and international standards and recommendations for document screening technical equipment and systems. National trainers provided an overview of document fraud types and elaborated on identification means in border control.
Addressing future trainers, William Leaf, Political Officer, OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, said: “The OSCE participating States have repeatedly reaffirmed their commitment to prevent the movement of terrorists through effective border control and issue of strengthened identity and travel documents as well as preventing their falsification and forgery.”
“It is my firm belief that the joint OSCE-BOMCA training programme on travel document security will contribute to the enhanced operational and analytical capacities of national document control experts to detect forged travel documents and prevent illegal border crossings,” said Leaf.
During practical exercises, participants learnt how to identify basic materials used for document production and got familiarized with forged technological security elements. They also discussed personalization methods and characteristics and. electronic document verification methodology and fraud.