IOM, the UN Migration Agency, through its African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC) in close collaboration with IOM Kenya organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) course on ‘Identity Management and Security Documents for Kenyan immigration officials.’
The training held from 6 to 8 February 2018, in Moshi, United Republic of Tanzania, sought to further enhance capacity of Kenyan Government officials on electronic document examination and fraud detection.
The fifteen participants were drawn from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the Kenyan Immigration Headquarters and its region offices in Mombasa, Garissa, Nakuru, Eldoret, and Kisumu in a bid to bolster efficiency and effectiveness of border management operations in Kenya.
Mr. Nelson Goncalves, IOM ACBC Senior Immigration and Border Management Training Specialist, stressed the need to progressively embrace new advances in technology in forensic document examination and border management.
“Digital paperless border management and control is the future and all Governments and immigration officers should be ready and willing to embrace it,” he said.
The Assistant Director in charge of training at the Kenya’s Department of Immigration Services, Mr. Joseph Anindo said “the training is vital for the officers, especially as Kenya has just rolled out E-passports. Hence, there is need for further cascading trainings for immigration officers.”
The training was held under the auspices of a community revitalization program (CRP) undertaken by IOM in Garissa County and funded by the Government of Japan. The program is currently being implemented in the three Sub-Counties of Dadaab, Fafi and Garissa Township with the following components: Livelihood Support, Community Policing and Integrated Border Management.
IOM Kenya in collaboration with the Department of Immigration Services, under the Integrated Border Management component, has held document cascading trainings in Garissa for Immigration staff in the North- Eastern Region.