Baghdad, Iraq: On the 5-9th September 2021, ICMPD hosted two events including a National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) meeting and a Training of Trainers on Document Security. The events brought together IBM Silk Routes’ counterparts, with the NPSC meeting advancing project implementation, whilst the Document Security workshop aimed to train and advance the knowledge of border authorities.
The NPSC meeting brought together counterparts from the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU Delegation to Iraq, General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers (GSCoM), Office of National Security Advisory (ONSA), Ministry of Interior (MoI), Iraqi National Intelligence Service (INIS), Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA), Ministry of Finance, General Customs Commission (GCC) and the Ministry of Planning. The NPSC re-confirmed the Iraqi government’s commitment to strengthening Iraq’s national border management framework through the support of the IBM Silk Routes project. Most notably, Steering Committee members expressed their intention to progressing development of a National IBM Strategy and Action Plan and establishing a national governance body and necessary legal frameworks for the strategy, a key indicator of commitment at the national level.
In parallel, the Training of Trainers on Document Security took place with 14 participants from across border port authorities in Iraq. The workshop took place over 5 days and included the highest performing students from previous document security workshops. It focused on equipping participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to train their peers on the topic, all key ingredients of effective trainers. Sustainability is a key focus of the IBM Silk Routes project, and the development of permanent training capacity of the Iraq border management agencies is a step towards ensuring the long-term performance of border authorities to detect fraudulent documents and identify imposters and security risks at national border crossing points.
The fraudulent use of identity and travel documents represents a threat to the security of countries and their citizens, the economy, and global commerce, as it facilitates a wide range of cross border crimes and terrorism. The training of trainers (ToT) aims to strengthen the capacity of the participating officials and employees to detect frequently used techniques applied in the process of document security at BCPs.
The European Union funded IBM Silk Routes project aims to support the countries of the Silk Routes region, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan to improve their capacity to effectively and efficiently manage their national borders in line with EU and international good practice.
The Integrated Border Management (IBM) in the Silk Routes Countries project is funded by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD.