Japan Donates USD 1.8 Million to Strengthen Uganda Border Security

Japanese Ambasador to Uganda Junzo Fujita

Japan has released USD 1.8 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help the Ugandan government improve its border security through an integrated border management approach.

Uganda’s porous borders have over time made it challenging to counter transnational organized crime, what is ed including terrorism, medications trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

Japanese Ambassador to Uganda Junzo Fujita said that the project will contribute to the security of all Ugandans by enhancing the country’s capacity to respond more effectively to various migration and border challenges.

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“We cannot allow transnational crime to take hold because of porous borders. Also, discount we must ensure that Uganda’s borders are contributing to enhanced trade, investment and tourism,” he said.

The project “Strengthening Border Security in Uganda” will improve infrastructure, equipment and border management information systems which will allow the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) to improve border control. DCIC will have access to more border patrol vehicles, as well as equipment to detect forged travel documents.

Four border crossing points on the DR Congo and Kenya borders will also be upgraded with IOM’s Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), which collects, processes and stores traveler information, including biometrics.

The initiative also aims to strengthen inter-agency collaboration, particularly with regards to immigration intelligence.  An Immigration Training Academy will also be constructed which will allow DCIC to carry out specialized training of its staff.



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