A 10-day training to build capacities of border officials in coordinated border management has been officially launched at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) in Kabete, Nairobi County.

Representing the Principal Secretary, State Department for Interior and Citizen Services, Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho, the Secretary Internal Security (SIS), Mr. Wilson Njega, said the training will see the enhancement of national security and continued facilitation of legitimate trade and travel.

“These trainings will equip Government officers deployed at our points of entry and exit with the relevant knowledge and up-to-date skills needed to execute their respective mandates, heighten security at our border points, enhance legitimate trade and travel, and encourage cooperation between agencies by completely eliminating the silo mentality,” Mr. Njega said.

The trainings will be conducted through a curriculum titled Kenya Coordinated Border Management Program. The curriculum was developed jointly by the Border Management Secretariat (BMS) and the Kenya School of Government’s Security Management Institute (SMI).

“I commend the BMS and KSG’s Security Management Institute for diligently working towards the successful development, peer review, validation and official launch of the Kenya Coordinated Border Management Program,” said Mr. Njega.

The trainings will involve all border officials deployed at Kenya’s points of entry and exit on land, air and sea. The inaugural cohort consists of 20 participants drawn from different border points including Malaba, Wilson Airport, Moyale and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), among others. Trainings involving the other border officials will be conducted in December 2021 and January 2022.

“I am delighted that the curriculum embraces a whole-of-Government approach and harnesses the capabilities and synergies inherent in all State Departments,” Mr. Njega said.

Mr. Njega praised the Kenya Coordinated Border Management Program, saying that it will revolutionize how business is conducted at Kenya’s points of entry and exit.

“The training manuals are a form of innovation that will transform operations in our borders. They are also an important mechanism for strengthening our relations and unlocking the unlimited social and economic potential of our country for the benefit of our people. These trainings will also equip our border officials with the knowledge, competencies and skills to continue executing their mandates meticulously.”

Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee (BCOCC) and BMS Secretary, Mr. Kennedy Nyaiyo, hailed the partnership with KSG’s SMI. He said that the up-to-date training curriculum will provide solutions to problems currently being experienced at Kenya’s points of entry and exit. He added that the Curriculum has integrated the multi-agency approach.

“This program has embraced the whole-of-government approach and this will increase efficiency at our borders and transform the way our points of entry and exit are managed,” Mr. Nyaiyo said.

Notably all Government officials deployed at Kenya’s borders will undergo the 10-day training as it will ultimately make up part of their career progression.

“The officers will not only immensely benefit from the training, but these benefits will also trickle down to civilians who’ll enjoy efficient, effective and first-class service delivery at all our border points,” Mr. Nyaiyo said.

Standing in for KSG’s Director General Prof. Ludeki Chweya, Prof. Nura Mohammed, appreciated SMI and BMS for developing the program. He also thanked the BMS for giving KSG the rights to steer the program.

“The successful launch of the program on June 30th 2021 shows collective marshaling of government resources to give the best results,” he said.

Prof. Mohammed said that there was intensive stakeholder engagement in making the program a success.

SMI Director Mr. Humphrey Mokaya said the Program will safeguard Kenya’s national security.

“In the course of the 10-day training, course participants will be equipped with the knowledge and competencies required to address emerging border challenges.”