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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