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Project News: Training on the ECOWAS regional border management training and free movement manuals

21 March 2018

ECOWAS and the Consortium of Partners ICMPD, IOM and ILO with funding from the EU (EDF) launched a five-year project: Support to Free Movement of Persons and Migration in West Africa (FMM), which aims to maximize the development potential of free movement of persons and migration in West Africa by supporting the effective implementation of the ECOWAS Free Movement Protocol and the ECOWAS Common Approach on Migration.

In line with the ECOWAS aspiration for regional integration, the FMM Project developed a Regional Border Management training manual and a Free Movement training manual. The Manuals aim to provide regional tools to enhance the capacities of border operatives and other government officials in achieving a more harmonized border management practice throughout the region and to support the full implementation of the ECOWAS Free Movement protocol. The Border Management training manual took stock of existing initiatives across the West Africa region infused with international best practices. The manual puts in context, the emerging trends and peculiarities of the West African migratory landscape and reflects the current operational practices and strategies to enhance service delivery. The Free Movement manual covers the texts of the Free Movement protocol that is, the right of entry, residence and establishment, also the civil, economic and social rights necessary for its realization. 

Based on the above, a four-day Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop (1st in the series of three) for selected border officials from five ECOWAS Member states (including Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Niger) has been scheduled to hold on 19-22 March 2018 at The African Regent Hotel, Accra-Ghana. The training is supported under the Demand Driven Facility (DDF) implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) within the framework of the EU-ECOWAS funded FMM West Africa project.

At the end of the training workshop, the five (5) participants from each of the 5 Member States are expected to plan and execute a step-down training for officers at the national training academies.




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