IOM, in collaboration with the Border Management Secretariat (BMS) under the Ministry of Interior, organized a three-day training (4-6 July 2018) in Ukunda for Border Management Committee (BMC) members from the Old Port, Lunga-Lunga, Shimoni, Kilindini and Vanga.
The training was part of the Better Migration Management programme (BMM) which aims to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to address the trafficking and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa. The programme is funded through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It was developed as respond to the needs identified by the African countries of the Khartoum Process.
Therefore, BMM is supporting the governments in the Horn of Africa to improve the capacities in integrated border management in order to facilitate the easy movement of people among partner states. In Kenya, BMM/IOM is providing trainings for the members of the Border Management Secretariat (BMS) at all 34 border crossing points.
The training in Ukunda sought to improve the operation of border points and to improve a coordinated management. The topics included conceptualization and operationalization of coordinated border management in Kenya, sharing experiences and challenges in implementing, border community engagement, goods movement and concealment of contrabands, human trafficking and smuggling, terrorism and migration management, stress management at workplace, integrity and border security, and change management.
The training was attended by 19 border officers (5 female and 14 male) representing inter- /intra agency committees’ members from the Kenya Port Authority, National Intelligence Service, Port Health, Department of Immigration Services, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Bureau of Standards, National Police Services, Department of Fisheries and Veterinary Services.
Dr. Ahmed Omar, Director/Head of Border Management Secretariat (BMS) opened the training with his message on emphasizing the importance of co-ordination among each department to work all together to secure the borders. He expressed, “Our activities should be synchronized and coordinated. Once working together achieves greater results as border operators, we could create umbrella of coordinated border management”. He also stressed that not only communication among border points but also communication among the Border Control and Operations Co-ordination Committee (BCOCC) in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government (MoICNG), BMS and BMC as paramount.
“One of our challenges was sharing the information among various agencies. Therefore, this kind of training is very effective to strengthen communication,” commented Mr. Mathew Yegon, officer from Kilindini BMC.
The post-training assessment showed that the participants gained comprehensive knowledge on migration issues with an increase of about 20 percent on the average test score compared to the pre-training assessment results.
Through the BMM Programme, to date IOM has supported Kenya with 3 trainings for 65 immigration officials on document examination, fraud detection, countering human trafficking and smuggling and 3 trainings on Coordinated Border Management for 65 border officials from the Border Management Committee.
BMM is active in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The programme is implemented by a partnership of European and international organisations (British Council, CIVIPOL, Expertise France, GIZ, Italian Department of Public Security, IOM, UNODC) in four components: Policy and harmonization, capacity building, protection, and awareness-raising.