From 17 to 19 July 2018, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) organised pilot training activities and training of trainers (ToT) based on the newly designed draft training module on international cooperation in border management for 11 officers from the Directorate General of the General Security (GS)

Activities were based on workshops previously conducted with GS (June 2018) as part of the technical assistance project Swiss Support to IBM Lebanon, which led to the design of the training module being tested. The target audience selected for the pilot workshops comprised newly recruited GS inspectors, whilst ToT was delivered to GS trainers, both officers and inspectors. The pilot workshop introduced participants to guiding principles of international cooperation, existing cooperation instruments at EU level and relevant legal frameworks, with a focus on cooperation in the management of irregular migration. GS presented the Lebanese framework for bilateral and international cooperation. Through discussions and case studies, participants explored the mechanism of international cooperation with international organisations and learned about the tools for information exchange and requests for assistance.

The implemented pilot training activities are part of ongoing support to GS to develop training capacities on a rights-based approach to border management and migration, in order to enhance compliance with human rights at borders. The module will be submitted to GS for endorsement and inclusion in the training curriculum.