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									OPENING REMARKS BY MR. ASHRAF EL NOUR,                            IOM’S     REGIONAL
REPRESENTATIVE FOR EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

CAPACITY BUILDING TO ENHANCE MIGRATION MANAGEMENT, SECURITY AND
          PROTECTION IN SOUTH/CENTRAL SOMALIA & KENYA

SOMALIA IMMIGRATION OFFICERS’ TRAINING WORKSHOP: 7th- 9th OCT 2009.

His Excellency Mohamed Ali Nour, Somalia Ambassador to Kenya
His Excellency Shigeo Iwatani, Ambassador of Japan to Kenya
Mr. Thuita Mwangi, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mr. Emmanuel Kisombe, Permanent Secretary Ministry of State for Immigration &
Registration of Persons
Distinguished Guests
Resource Persons
Participants
Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am delighted that you are able to join us this morning for the official opening of this
training workshop that seeks to build capacity in migration management for the
Somalia Immigration Department.

This training workshop is one component of the Capacity Building to Enhance
Migration Management, Security and Protection in South/Central Somalia and Kenya
project that is generously funded by the government of Japan through TICAD. The
project’s overall objective is to enhance the migration management and protection
capacities of the immigration departments of both Somalia and Kenya, specifically at
the Kenya-South Central Somalia border points. I wish to take this opportunity to
thank the government of Japan for this support.

This capacity building project will build on IOM’s global experience in migration
management as well as IOM’s migration management work in the EAC region to
provide immigration and other officers at remote border points with the basic skills and
infrastructure necessary to facilitate humane and orderly migration consistent with
international practices and state security concerns.

The training of immigration officers is a crucial component of border security because it
keeps them abreast with developing practices and technologies especially during this
period when one of the greatest threats facing the world is terrorism.

It is expected that the skills and knowledge acquired during this first training will
strengthen the immigration officers’ capacities to detect and prevent the movement of
OPENING REMARKS BY MR. ASHRAF EL NOUR,                              IOM’S    REGIONAL
REPRESENTATIVE FOR EAST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

criminals and terrorist elements while efficiently allowing bone fide travellers to enter
or transit through Somalia. The training is also anticipated to raise the officers’
awareness of human rights issues, and thus offer better protection to victims of
trafficking and smuggling.

In addition to the training, IOM will work with the immigration authorities to develop a
training manual and comprehensive migration policy for Somalia. These will be based
on international practices on migration management including fraudulent document
examination, impostor profiling, migrants’ rights and addressing the special needs of
human trafficking victims, unaccompanied minors, asylum seekers and refugees.

Additionally, working with community based organizations and community elders,
IOM will initiate community awareness programmes on human trafficking and
smuggling and conduct outreach activities among vulnerable communities. This will
include providing technical support and building the capacity of relevant authorities
and local NGOs to identify and assist victims of human trafficking, especially those
identified at border points.

In order to increase the efficiency of immigration officers working along remote border
points, it is important to create a conducive and enabling environment. In this regard,
the project will include the refurbishment and equipping of the Immigration
Headquarters for Somalia which will include a training facility and also the
rehabilitation and refurbishment of Liboi and Mandera border controls.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to thank the participants for coming to this training
workshop. This training will only give you the basics of migration management and
using this, I am sure you will be able to develop home-grown solutions for the
migration challenges you are currently facing.

I wish you all a successful and fruitful workshop, and hope that when you go back
home, you will put into practice what you learn during the next three days and that
you will also share the knowledge with your colleagues back home.

With these remarks, it is my pleasure to declare this training workshop officially open.

								
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