IOM Support Training of 58 Sudanese Airport Immigration Officer on First and Second Line Inspection
Last week, 58 immigration officers from Khartoum airport were trained on using first and second line inspection equipment. The Director of Khartoum Airport was also handed over equipment to help improve document examination and fraud detection. The training and equipment provided were generously funded by the IOM Development Fund and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS).
The training was delivered by an international independent expert on Border Management, Mr. Alex Van Duuren, assisted by Ms. Jafariya Mohamed Ali from the Passport Office in Omdurman a previous trainee under the AICS funded Training of Trainers on Documents Security and Fraud detection delivered earlier this year.
At the opening of the training and equipment handover ceremony, Lieutenant General Awad Al Neil Dahia Chairperson of the Ministry of Interior’s Passport and Civil Registration Cooperation emphasized the importance of the new equipment and related training in improving the verification and documentation methods of the Khartoum Airport. General Dahia expressed his appreciation of the training which is not meant to be “a one-off skills training, but will help ensure that this knowledge is transferred in our airport booths”. He also reminded the immigration officers that these skills are intended to help them in performing their duties while upholding the law and that they must always remember to “do so in a friendly and welcoming manner”.
Equipment included magnifiers (illuminated and not illuminated), Ultra Violet lights, data base on security features of travel documents and second line inspection units (machine). The equipment has been previously identified by IOM further to a rapid needs assessment and purchased under the same projects funded by IDF and AICS.
Mr. Norberto Celestino, IOM Sudan Officer in Charge expressed his appreciation to the continued support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation in contributing to modernizing the Khartoum Airport’s security system.
Mr. Vincenzo Racalbuto – Head of AICS Sudan stated that “these types of activities can promote international investors to feel safe when entering Sudan”.
IOM has been organizing border management trainings over the past 15 months to build the capacity of Sudanese Passport and Immigration authorities in having a more effective border controls to counter trafficking and smuggling in persons.