On August 16, 2018, a handover ceremony took place to mark the donation of border equipment to the Directorate General of the Lebanese Civil Defence (LCD). Procured within the framework of the technical assistance support Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon) and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), the equipment is now installed and being put to good practical use at the Arida LCD station.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) conducted a 1-day pilot training (24 July 2018) on border investigations for 10 participants from operational frontline control posts from the Directorate General of the General Security (GS). Activities were delivered jointly within the framework of the Netherlands- and Swiss-funded components of the project Enhanced Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon), funded by the EU.

Press release

Beirut on August 7, 2018 - The International Centre for Migration Policy Development ICMPD hosted a delegation from the Jordanian Borders and Residency Department (BRD) of the Public Security Directorate (PSD), and the Jordanian Customs Department that included Col. Khader Al Khattab (Director, Borders and Residency Department), Col. Maher Amoush (Chief, Amman Civil Airport Border Control Point), Col. Maen Khasawneh (Chief, Al Karameh Border Crossing Point), Maj. Mahmoud Freihat (Chief, Public Relations Department, BRD) and Col. Mohammad Al Nsour (Chief, Jaber Border Crossing Point Customs Department).

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a study visit for 5 officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces – LAF (Military Police, Central Training Centre, and other units) and the Directorate General of the General Security to the Netherlands from 3 to 6 of July 2018 on Border Investigations, 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) organised border crossing point (BCP) trauma and rescue equipment safe operating training to 35 staff of the Directorate General of the Lebanese Civil Defense (LCD) in the newly established LCD station in Arida from 9 to 13 July 2018, within the framework of the Enhanced Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon), funded by the European Union (EU).

Following on from the highly successful study visits to Poland of 2014 - 2017 and with welcome support from the Polish and Ukraine Embassies in Beirut, ICMPD conducted a fifth such study visit from 25/06 to 29/06. The participants were 1 each from LAF, ISF, GS, LCA and LCD. The objectives of the study visit were to learn about inter-agency and international cooperation, IBM and to see practical application in situ.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organized a study visit for 6 officers from the Directorate General of the General Security (GS) to France and Switzerland from 8 to 14 of July 2018 on Gender and Border Management. The visit is the third and last conducted as part of the technical assistance project Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management (IBM Lebanon), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and implemented by ICMPD.

The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised a workshop for 11 officers from the Directorate General of the General Security (GS) to design a training module on international cooperation (June 20-21, 2018). Activities were conducted as part of the technical assistance project Swiss Support to Integrated Border Management (IBM Lebanon), funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) and implemented by ICMPD.