This past Friday, 25 border officials finished a 5 day training course provided by the International Migration Office (IOM) over the management of the movement of custom good and migrates in Bukavu, South Kivu Province which borders touch Rwanda.
The training course included the border police, authorized officers from the General directorate of Migration, ,the National Program of Hygiene at Borders (PNHF) and the General Directorate of Customs and Excise.
The main aim of the program is to build management capacity in crisis situations with focus on registration and identification of vulnerable migrants, more so at a point where disputes circulating around the Rwandan/DRC border are still looming, among other migration issues.
According to Apollinaire Bulindi, a representative of the Governor of South Kivu province, the DRC shares borders with nine neighbours and often needs to manage massive migration crises.
Participants of the training have also studied border management coordination mechanisms and different roles of various border agencies, which are an anecdote to Bulindi’s remarks. With a second group of 25 officials having started today, this training is set to put better control mechanisms in the entire outlook of the DRC Border control system.