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UN seminar for East African Countries to Focus on Border Security and Management

Originally published on: May 13, 2009

Member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) are set to discuss how best to protect and patrol the wide-open spaces of East Africa and adopt possible strategies to better secure their borders. The seminar is set to begin today and end on May 14.

The two-day seminar on regional border security is cosponsored by the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the IGAD Capacity Building Programme against Terrorism (ICPAT).

The seminar is a follow up to meetings held in 2007 and 2008 in Kenya aimed at preventing terrorists’ movements and brings together representatives of foreign affairs, law enforcement, defence, immigration and customs from IGAD members Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda.

Experts from the International Organization for Migration (IOM),the World Customs Organization (WCO) and INTERPOL are also expected to take part in the meeting.

The seminar will afford participating countries an opportunity to share their experiences in implementing the provisions of Security Council resolution 1373 (2001) relating to effective border control strategies and the challenges they face, as well as for selected experts to suggest measures that would enhance the management of open spaces.

The participating international organizations are expected to focus on the tools, systems and strategies they have developed for border security and how they can be applied to manage unmanned spaces, particularly in the IGAD region.

The meeting is expected to result in guidelines for application by IGAD Member states in the management of unmanned spaces at the border, which could then possibly be collected into a manual.

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