By John Okande
The International Organization for Migration on 27 – 28 June 2012 held a two-day training on ‘Enhancing border security & Border Management in Nairobi.
The training aimed at strengthening the human resource capacity of key agencies manning the country’s entry and exit points, deliberating on ways of improving inter-agency cooperation of Kenya’s key border agencies including Immigration, Police, National Security and Intelligence as well as Customs, in border management and related activities; and also to create understanding and increase awareness on migration practices and procedures as part of Kenya’s border management strategy.
During the training, it was noted that sound migration and border management is key in attaining government’s key strategic goals and that efforts that will help build capacity of governments to improve their border management, and expand their human resource capacity need to be initiated.
Key components of these initiatives included optimization of dialogue between countries; intra-agency cooperation; enhancement of border control; training, information sharing and best practices; as well as promotion of strategic cooperation all of which draw heavily on border control provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1624.
The training was graced by Pat Dever, First Secretary Immigration Integrity - Australian High Commission in Nairobi, Joseph Munywoki, Deputy Director of Immigration Services - Ministry of Immigration and Registration of Persons and William Lorenz, Senior Operations & Program Coordinator – IOM Somalia.
The training was made possible by the generous contribution of the Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.