The participating officials were drawn from the Mombasa Regional Immigration Office and Mombasa International Airport, as well as the Shimoni, Vanga and Lunga Lunga
land border points. | Photo by Focus
As part of efforts to bolster efficiency and effectiveness of border management operations in Kenya, twenty Government officials drawn from the Department of Immigration Services underwent a three-day training as part of an ongoing initiative to enhance their capacity on document examination, fraud detection, counter human trafficking and smuggling.
The training workshop was part of the EU-funded ‘Better Migration Management (BMM)’ programme 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. As one of BMM’s implementation partners IOM organised the training in Mombasa from 8 to 10 November 2017.
The participating officials were drawn from the Mombasa Regional Immigration Office and Mombasa International Airport, as well as the Shimoni, Vanga and Lunga Lunga land border points.
In his opening remarks, the Assistant Director of Immigration Services in charge of the Coastal Region, Mr. Charles Muendo, recognised the long-standing partnership with IOM and appreciated efforts to hold the training in the coastal region. He further urged the participants to apply the knowledge and skills obtained in the workshop to increase efficiency in border operations.
The IOM Kenya Migration Programme Manager, Ms. Etsuko Teranishi-Inoue, said “this training to strengthen efficiency and effectiveness of immigration and border management
operations in Kenya is part of IOM’s ongoing initiative to support the Department of Immigration Services.”
The topics covered in the training included the production of security documents, printing techniques, document examination, human trafficking and smuggling, imposter
detection, the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol and an introduction to the new Kenyan ‘E-Passport’ system including an overview of its security features.
The BMM Programme is a regional, multi-year and multipartner 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).
IOM is one of the main implementing partners alongside UNODC, Expertise France, Italian State Police, CIVIPOL and the British Council. Apart from Kenya, BMM also covers Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.
For more information about BMM: https://ec.europa. eu/europeaid/trust-fund-projects/better-migrationmanagement- support-khartoum-process_en