The International Centre for Migration Policy Development-ICMPD organized a seminar on forged travel and identification documents on November 28 November 2017 in its office in Beirut within the framework of the EU - funded technical assistance project Enhanced Capability For Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon)

The rehabilitation of the training centre for integrated border management at the Rayak Air Base in the Beqaa area has made significant strides since it was first launched on March 28th, 2017 by the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Mr. Johannes Han.

Recently, a practical test of the Contingency Plan for Emergencies at Borders was held for all agencies and Lebanese Red cross at the Masna’a border crossing point. The scenario chosen concerned a significant explosion at the border crossing point as it would provide a significant test and training opportunity for all agencies taking part. It was agreed only 24hrs previously to allow a minimal amount of preparation, thus increasing realism. The introduction of a secondary or further explosions was considered and discounted on security and logistical reasons. As the evidence of both the timeline and activity charts confirmed, all agencies carried out their expected roles in a highly effective and combined manner.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a study visit to the Netherlands from 6 to 11 November 2017 for 9 officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) units involved in border management, within the framework of the Netherlands-funded component of the Enhanced Capability For Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon), funded by the European Union.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a study visit (SV) to Romania (16 - 20 November 2017) on inter-agency and international cooperation on land and sea border crossing points (BCPs), for 4 officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the Directorate General of the General Security (GS), the Internal Security Forces (ISF), and the Lebanese Customs Administration (LCA).

2 officers from General Security (GS) delivered training in Cyprus (24-26 October 2017) on the security features for Syrian, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese travel documents (passports, ID cards, renewing stickers, forged passports) for 17 officers from the United Kingdom Sovereign Base Areas - SBA (Customs & Immigration and Police) and 26 Republic of Cyprus police officers from the Aliens & Immigration section (including from Larnaca and Paphos airports).

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized training on the Identification and Referral of Trafficked Persons (THB) from October 9 to 13, 2017 for the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) 1st, 3rd, and 4th Land Border Regiments (LBR) and the Military Police, within the framework of the technical assistance project Enhanced Capability For Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon) implemented by ICMPD and funded by the European Union.

22/10 and 23/10 saw the holding of a conference Preventing Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property in Lebanon: the Role of Customs and Security Forces, organised by UNESCO and supported by ICMPD through IBM Lebanon. The participants were drawn from LAF, ISF, LCA and the Directorate General for Antiques (DGA), with a range of presentations being made by Lebanese, regional and international experts from organisations such as the World Customs Organisation (WCO), Interpol, the Italian Carabinieri and Turkish Ministry of Culture. The topics introduced, discussed and explored, covered a wide spectrum of issues related to illicit trafficking and especially effective steps to counter this phenomenon.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a 5-day workshop on “Maritime Law Enforcement Activities to Combat Illicit Trafficking of Drugs” (2-6 October 2017) for 14 officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the Internal Security Forces (ISF), the Directorate General of the General Security (GS) and the Lebanese Customs Administration (LCA), within the framework of the of the Enhanced Capability For Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon) funded by the European Union.