As a part of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) works to enhance the knowledge of senior border security and management officials while promoting greater co-operation and exchange of information among them. The College, located in the heart of Central Asia, services the 57 participating States, and their Partners for Co-operation.
To effectively tackle multiple border-related threats of increasingly transnational nature that all OSCE participating States face sound border and security management is required. These threats include terrorism, organized crime, illicit trafficking of human beings, weapons and narcotics, difficult and long trade and transit routes and procedures, disputes that give rise to unresolved border delimitation and demarcation, and challenges related to migration, asylum seekers and refugees.
In recognition of these challenges and within the OSCE Border Security and Management Concept (2005), the College works to strengthen co-operation and capacities by ensuring and promoting open and secure borders across the OSCE area. It serves as a centre of excellence and a vehicle for delivery of expertise and best practices in border management and security for the whole of the OSCE.
The College was inaugurated on 27 May 2009 in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. It falls within the programmes of the OSCE Office in Tajikistan and is located at the OSCE compound.