Lebanese security agencies receive equipment under EU integrated border management projectRSS - Press Release
BEIRUT 26 October 2015 -- Border-control equipment was handed over today to the Lebanese security agencies within the framework of the EU-funded project entitled 'Developing National Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon' (IBM Lebanon). The event was organised by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), which is implementing the project.
The event included the participation of senior level representatives of IBM Lebanon's direct beneficiaries -, General Security, Lebanese Customs, Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces - as well as representatives of the Delegation of the European Union, ICMPD, international organisations and diplomatic missions.
Mr. Alexis Loeber, Head of the Cooperation Section at the Delegation of the European Union, highlighted the success of the EU IBM project. "The project has contributed - for the first time in the Middle-East region - to the creation of a joint approach on border management. This approach is not limited to border controls, however important, but involves cooperation between all law enforcement authorities and relevant ministries operating at the border and within the country," he said.
Mr. Loeber added that the EU Delegation and ICMPD are negotiating the next phase of the project for the upcoming period, 2016 to 2018.
The EU has already allocated €1.4 million in equipment, refurbishment, and works through the EU IBM project, whose first phase comes to an end in December of this year.
The three-year long IBM Lebanon project was formally launched in Beirut in February 2013, with the aim of supporting the Lebanese authorities in securing and controlling the borders in accordance with national and international integrated border management standards, thereby increasing the security of Lebanese citizens, promoting regional stability and facilitating trade, development, and human contact.
The project's outputs include the formulation of an IBM strategy and action plan, the formulation and advancement of standard operating procedures amongst relevant national actors, the delivery of sustainable training and institutional capacity building on all aspects of border management and the empowerment of human resources, as well as awareness raising of Lebanon's border mechanisms, particularly in relation to travellers and border communities.
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The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), established in 1993, is an international organisation that works in migration-related fields. Although ICMPD has a European basis and Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, it carries out its activities throughout the world, including in Europe, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
ICMPD strives for comprehensive, sustainable and future-oriented migration governance and applies a three-pronged approach: capacity building, migration dialogues, and research. Its work focuses on six core thematic areas that cover various facets of migration.
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