“Threats are real in Uganda and the entire country is looking at you to determine the security of the country”, stressed the Commissioner for Immigration control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Anthony Namara, at the opening of the training on intelligence and risk analysis on border management organized by the International Organization for Migration from 22nd to 24th September, 2014.
Representatives of various border management, security and intelligence agencies of Uganda participated at three day training and discussed immigration intelligence, identifying risk management to enhance the border security to cope with threats like terrorism, organized crime and disease outbreaks such as the Ebola outbreak. The commissioner pointed out the importance of improving the interaction within the agencies to strengthen the security of Uganda: “information is the power to achieve the objectives to accomplish for the good of our country”.
As a land lock country, border control is crucial to secure the stability of Uganda and regulate movements of goods and people: “Your role is vital as you are the gate keepers of Uganda with the keys that determine who enters to the country”, highlighted the Integrated Border Management Specialist of IOM African Capacity Building Center, Marcellino Ramkishun during the training.
The training was held under the “Strengthening Border Management in Uganda” project implemented by IOM Uganda in close cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and funded by the Government of Japan. The project runs until the end of December 2014 and targets the improvement of the institutional, infrastructural and human resource capacities of the Government of Uganda to better manage its borders and supports increased border security.