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.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a 10-day course on advanced document security (2-13/10/17) for 12 participants from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF - 8 participants), the Internal Security Forces (ISF – 2 participants), and the Banque du Liban (BDL – 2 participants) who have successfully graduated foundation courses (Document Security Foundation, Imposters & Documents or Essential Border Skills) 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 10 awareness sessions (18-22 September 2017) on Integrated Border Management (IBM) for a total of 320 officers and non-officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), the 1st Land Border Regiment (LBR), the Internal Security Forces (ISF), the Directorate General of the General Security (GS) and the Lebanese Customs Administration (LCA)

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized from 11 to 15 September 2017 2 Imposters and Documents (ID) courses which were delivered to a total of 28 participants from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) 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) conducted a Study Visit (SV) for 5 officers from the Directorate General of the General Security (GS) to Switzerland (21/08 to 25/08), the first as part of the Enhanced Capability for Integrated Border Management (IBM) Lebanon project, funded by the European Union and supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). The 5 GS officers were chosen from relevant units responsible for Syrian refugees, Human rights, the Beirut International Airport and the Ka’a Border Crossing Point, have already participated in 4 related training events.

On 16/08 and 17/08 and following preparation meetings with commanders, a scenario apiece from the Contingency Plan for Emergencies at Borders (CP) were tested in live simulation at Aboudieh and Arida border crossing points (BCP).