Azerbaijan, UNDP sign agreement on Red Bridge border checkpoint
UN Development Program (UNDP) is set to continue support for the development of the Red Bridge border crossing point between Azerbaijan and Georgia.
Safar Mehdiyev, Chairman of Azerbaijan State Customs Committee, met with Alessandro Fracassetti, UNDP Resident Representative for Azerbaijan, on 11 June.
The parties signed an agreement on the prolongation of the project “Technical support for the development of Red Bridge customs checkpoint on the Azerbaijani-Georgian border”, which is implemented with the support of the organization.
The project with budget of 3 million USD supports the governments of Azerbaijan and Georgia in securing their borders and facilitating the legal passing of people and goods across the Red Bridge border crossing point. It also provides trainings on sanitary and phytosanitary controls and helps develop the necessary infrastructure and equipment for control on both sides of the border.
It should be noted that since 1992, UNDP has spent over 190 million USD in development projects in Azerbaijan.
Red Bridge is the crossing point between Georgia and Azerbaijan on the road from Tbilisi to Ganja. It is named so because there is a red-brick arch bridge across the Khrami River in the no-man's land area between the border posts.
The total length of the Georgian-Azerbaijani border is 480 kilometers. In addition to the Red Bridge, Georgia and Azerbaijan are connected with the customs checkpoints Gardabani, Mtkvari, Lagodekhi and Samtatskaro.