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Tanzania, May 11 (Canadian-Media): A new capacity-building project for immigration and border officials from five African countries had been launched by the IOM African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC) on May 8, media reports said.
The UN Migration Agency (IOM) would provide instruction on a rotating basis to 100 border and immigration officials from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Sierra Leone and the United Republic of Tanzania in Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania, International Organization of Migration reports said.
The training project entitled, “Enhancing Migration Management in African States through Capacity Building on Integrated Border Management and Countering Irregular Migration”, was funded by the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands costing Euro 274,098 and was attended by government, donor and IOM officials at the Tanzania Regional Immigration Training Academy (TRITA) in Moshi.
Supervision of the project would be done by the Repatriation and Departure Services (RDS) of the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands and the training would be provided in immigration and migration-related topics targeted to middle management officials from border agencies.
Training in techniques in screening travellers and investigation of reported cases of human trafficking will be two areas of concern and would be provided at national, regional and international levels.
Ambassador Celestine Mushy, Tanzania’s Director of Multilateral Cooperation and East African Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commended RDS and IOM for their timely intervention.
“African migrants have perished while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe,” he told the audience, “And I call upon the international community to treat migrants with humanity.”
Jan Willem Konig, the Senior Advisor of the RDS said: “It is the joint responsibility of the international community to address challenges related to irregular migration and human trafficking that is causing the suffering and death of tens of thousands of migrants.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
UN Immigration Agency: Courtesy of IOM