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IOM Hosts Historic Interaction Of Border Management Officials

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Nairobi – Rare face-to-face meeting: Directors-general for immigration and heads of border security from Horn of Africa region are meeting to discuss common challenges in border management. This high-level Regional Border Management workshop is organised by the UN migration Agency IOM and will take place at the Azura Hotel in Nairobi (Kenya) on the 24th to the 26th of October.

The workshop is taking place under Better Migration Management (BMM) programme, 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) and coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Represented at the workshop will be senior leadership in border management from eight countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

This comes as war and conflict often add new dynamics to border management, including large inflows and outflows of migrants, as well as the unwelcome scourge of human trafficking. It does not help matters that official cooperation is usually irregular, largely directed from the capital, and prone to mis-understandings.

The meeting is designed to discuss common issues within the Horn of Africa, and develop solutions for implementation, focusing on inter-agency and inter-governmental cooperation. The workshop, which is consistent with border management reform efforts launched by governments in the region, is intended to result in the implementation of “best practices” in border management that will address identified border challenges.

The workshop will be preceded by a photo opportunity for the media. There will be a closing media briefing at the end.

IOM is one of the main implementing partners of BMM, alongside UNODC, GIZ, Expertise France, Italian Department of Public Security, CIVIPOL and the British Council. Apart from Kenya, BMM also covers Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and in close coordination with the EU Delegation South Sudan.

For more information, please contact:

Charles Mkude, BMM Programme Officer, cmkude@iom.int +254 715 903 291

Wilson Johwa, Communications Officer, wjohwa@iom.int +254 701 838 029

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