The Government has launched Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to guide multi-agency operations at Kenya’s points of entry and exit.
Speaking at Movenpick Hotel, Nairobi Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr. Kang’ethe Thuku, representing Principal Secretary (PS), Ministry of Interior, Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho, said that this is a momentous step for Kenya.
The RC added that since inception of coordinated border management, border officials have been conducting joint operations without a comprehensive guiding tool.
“To remedy this situation, a guide with modern and innovative means of border management had to be developed, he said.
Notably, development of the SOPs was supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
“The Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee through the Border Management Secretariat, partnered with IOM to form a echnical working group. The IOM also on boarded Elroy Africa, an experienced consultant in border management, to help in the development process.”
The RC noted that the SOPs will ultimately enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of border security and help in the continued promotion of legitimate trade and travel.
“Moreover, both Kenyan citizens and foreigners can expect a more streamlined process when entering and exiting the country. This will include faster processing times as well the improvement of security at our points of entry and exit,” he said.
Border Management Secretariat (BMS) Secretary Kennedy Nyaiyo, said that the SOPs will be a guide for both border officials and Joint Operation Centers (JOCs) as well as enhance coordination for effective and efficient service delivery.
“The Secretariat will start a sensitization exercise so that officials working at our border points are familiarized with the SOPs,” Mr. Nyaiyo.
The Chief of Mission, IOM, Sharon Dimanche, said that Kenya has been leading in the region and commended the country for launching the SOPs as it is the first country to do so in the region.
“These procedures will give us guidelines and a roadmap on how to work together and to ensure that security of the country transcends beyond the Kenyan border into the region. Thank you for the leadership in the region and I believe that many countries will come to benchmark here,” said Dimanche.
The RC and Secretary BMS, thanked the IOM for supporting the initiative.