Baghdad: The EU-funded Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes (IBM Silk Routes) project has provided Iraq’s border agencies with personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies to help combat the spread of coronavirus. The delivery comes shortly after the Federal Government of Iraq formally decided, on 23 July, to re-open border crossings for commercial traffic. While non-commercial transit of the borders remains limited, the decision will encourage an increase in cross-border trade and business.
The PPE equipment will be used at Baghdad International Airport, as well as at border crossing points with Iran, Jordan and Syria by officers from the Ministry of Interior (MOI), General Commission for Customs (GCC), and Border Ports Commission (BPC).
This equipment - which includes infrared thermometers, N95 masks, PPE gowns, gloves as well as sanitation products - will help Iraqi border officers to protect themselves from potential transmission of COVID-19 while on duty, as well as allow them to safely screen travelers, disinfect surfaces and, if necessary, isolate sick travelers.
Facilitating the well-managed movement of people and goods across borders is vital. The Integrated Border Management (IBM) project aims to support the Government of the Republic of Iraq in effectively and efficiently managing its national frontiers.