Marcellino Ramkishun takes the participants through the paces. ©IOM 2016 (Photo: Joseph Kabiru)
A five day Border Management workshop for 20 Government officials drawn from various border agencies manning Kenya’s entry and exit points came to a close on 2 December 2016.
The officials were drawn from the Department of Immigration Services, the Kenya Revenue Authority, National Intelligence Service, Kenya Airport Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, and the Border Management Secretariat.
The comprehensive training workshop kicked off on 28 November in Naivasha and was facilitated by Marcellino Ramkishun, a Migration Management Specialist from the IOM African Capacity Building Center (ACBC) in Moshi, Tanzania.
IOM Project Manager, Etsuko Teranishi-Inoue said that the training will help the officials enhance inter-agency coordination and the exchange of information between the respective agencies responsible for the security and management of borders to ensure the effective and efficient management of operations at ports of entry.
“IOM is committed in supporting the Government in enhancing its capacities to manage its borders and to address the migration challenges that it faces,” she said.
The workshop provided practical instructions on a range of topics such as humanitarian border management, undertaking border assessments, the One Stop Border Post (OSBP), counter human trafficking, and migrant smuggling and cross-border community engagement among others to improve the Border Management Secretariat’s (BMS)effectiveness and operational capacity.
While opening the workshop, the head of Kenya’s Border Management Secretariat (BMS), Dr. Ahmed Omar thanked IOM for organizing the training and said that the secretariat hopes to increase its partnership and cooperation with all relevant agencies to secure Kenya’s borders:
“We really appreciate the strong collaboration between IOM and the Border Management Secretariat. We strive towards achieving a strengthened integrated border management approach.”
IOM Uganda and Tanzania also took part in the training, and is part of IOM’s regional approach to enhance cooperation within East African Communities (EAC).
The training is designed to aid government officials to develop an effective border management strategy in today’s ever mobile, complex and challenging world.
IOM extends support to the BMS through funding sourced from the Government of Japan. The BMS was established by the Government in December 2014 under section 75 of the Security Laws (Amendment Act 2014).