IOM has completed a six-day study tour bringing South Sudanese immigration officials to Tanzania to learn about best practices in border management and meet with Tanzanian counterparts.
Six representatives from the Government of South Sudan’s Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Immigration (DNPI), including the Director-General and the Director of Immigration, participated in the study tour, which took place from 3-9 November.
Training sessions for the delegation on integrated border management and regional cooperation mechanisms were held at IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre (ACBC) in Moshi. Established in 2009, the ACBC works with African states to enhance their migration management capacity, promote comprehensive migration governance, and facilitate a diverse range of immigration and border management projects and training courses.
During the tour, the delegates visited the Holili border between Tanzania and Kenya, in order to see the practical implementation of a “One-Stop Border Post”. The delegation met with immigration officials from both the Tanzanian and Kenyan sides of the border to discuss their experiences.
The delegation also met with counterparts from the Government of Tanzania’s Immigration Services Department (PCIS) at the department’s headquarters in Dar es Salaam. The Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services, Sylvester Ambokile Mwakinyuke, received the delegation and arranged a series of presentations on Tanzanian immigration activities, as well as a tour of the department’s passport issuance and printing units.
“The study tour was very useful,” said DNPI Director-General Maj. Gen. Augustino Maduot Parek. “We have gained a better understanding of the latest trends in immigration policy, and established a good connection with our counterparts in Tanzania that we hope to build upon in the future.”
IOM has developed a strong partnership with the DNPI, and helps South Sudan to manage its borders by constructing and equipping border posts, training immigration officers and providing technical and policy advice. These initiatives foster trade and economic development, while at the same time strengthening national security. To date, IOM has constructed and equipped six border posts at land crossings with Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
|ACBC/TRITA Premises (Left tower)|
|Visit at the Holili/Taveta One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at the Tanzania Kenya Border|
|A snapshot of Delegates at ACBC/TRITA|
|Orientation at the Tanzania/Kenya Border|
|A snapshot at Tanzania Immigration Headquarters|
|A training session at ACBC with the RTS Marcellino Ramkishun|
|ACBC's MIDAS/PIRS Lab.|
|A visit at The Tanzania Principal Commissioner of Immigration office in Dar es Salaam|