IOM Kenya Chief of Mission, Mr. Michael Pillinger, hands over one of the laptop computer to Head of BMS, Dr. Ahmed Omar. The computers are delivered to 25 border points across the country as part of ongoing comprehensive support to the Government of Kenya (GoK) through National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), of which the BMS is a member to address migration challenges in Kenya. | Photo by Joseph Kabiru, IOM Kenya
On 24 January, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, provided 25 desktop and five laptop computers to Kenya’s Border Management Secretariat (BMS) as part of the Better Migration Management programme (BMM).
The computers are delivered to 25 border points across the country as part of ongoing comprehensive support to the Government of Kenya (GoK) through National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), of which the BMS is a member to address migration challenges in Kenya.
The provision will support Border Management Commitees (BMC) operations at the border points of Nadapal, Suam, Muhuru Bay, Moyale, Namanga, Loitoktok and Mandera and other border points as well as the BMS headquarter in Nairobi.
The BMS has a mandate of coordinating operations of border management agencies across the country which includes the Department of Immigration Services, Kenya Revenue Authority, Port Health, and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services among others.
BMS was formed under the Border Control and Operation Coordination Committee in the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government comprising of heads of ten agencies.
The donation was handed over to the Head of BMS, Dr. Ahmed Omar by IOM Kenya Chief of Mission, Mr. Michael Pillinger, as part of the IOM’s assignment within BMM seeking to improve migration management in Kenya and the region, and in particular to address trafficking and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa.
Dr. Omar thanked IOM for the contribution, saying that since the inception of the Secretariat, BMS has made significant achievements due to BMM’s support.
He said that the donation will improve efficiency and enhance service delivery. “The computers and laptops will expedite information sharing among co-workers working within the country’s border points,” he said.
Mr. Pillinger said that BMM is committed to supporting the Government of Kenya in improving its strategic and operational efficiency.
“We are looking forward to supporting the needs of the Government, as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the border management in the country,” he said.
The BMM Programme 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).