In a bid to enhance inter-agency coordination among border agencies, IOM in collaboration with the Government of Kenya, held a three day training workshop for Border Management Committees in Namanga region, located at Kenya’s southern border crossing point with Tanzania.
The objective of the training held from 22-24 November, under the aegis of the “Better Migration Programme” (BMM), financed by the European Union and the German Government, sought to encourage increased information sharing between border agencies as well as train border officials on how to improve strategic and operational efficiency at border entry points.
22 border officials from Namanga, Loitoktok, Wilson Airport and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, attended the training held in collaboration with the Border Management Secretariat (BMS) under the Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee (BCOCC).
The training brought together officials from different border agencies including the Department of Immigration Services, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Port Health, National Intelligence Service, Kenya Police Services and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services.
Speaking while opening the training, the Chairperson of the BMS and KRA station manager in Namanga, Mr. Dishon M. Njuguna, stressed the need to progressively build the capacity of border officials so as to reap positive results from inter-agency coordination.
“It is a great idea that will help address various migration challenges facing Kenya in today’s ever mobile, complex and challenging world,” he said.
The Deputy Head of BMS, Mr. John Ondego said that the concept of inter-agency coordination under the BCOCC at the higher policy level has already been cascaded to the operational level at BMC, “which is the most crucial level when it comes to tackling challenges such as illegal cross-border activities.”
IOM Kenya Programme Manager, Etsuko Teranishi-Inoue noted there was need to strengthen inter-agency cooperation for good border management adding that IOM is committed to supporting the Government of Kenya in addressing irregular migration.
The training covered various topics such as effective building of BMC teams at respective border points, countering of human trafficking and smuggling, movement of goods, identification of concealed contraband, cross-border community engagement and border management security.
The officials also took a tour of the Namanga One Stop Border Post where various border agencies are working together to facilitate better movement of people and goods.
From the post training evaluation 90 percent of the participants registered their satisfaction on both content and the teaching methodology that was used. Additionally, the knowledge tests conducted before and after the training indicated that participants gained knowledge on the topics by scoring more than 63% of average score before the workshop.
‘BMM’ is a regional, multi-year and multi partner programme funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).