Contracts to supply border management equipment as part of the IBM Lebanon project and funded by the European Union have been awarded. Please see the Documents Section for details and to download copies of the contracts.

A training development mission was recently completed successfully through the conducting of workshops, meetings and site visits with training unit staff and managers of General Security and Customs. High quality training, based on a clear need is vital if the staff of a border agency are to perform their important roles effectively. The IBM Lebanon project activities were designed to help the training units to put in place strong structures that could analyse need, design training and evaluate its effectiveness. Permanent training premises for both General Security and Customs were also discussed with visits to potential sites being made. The EU will continue to assist in the training development area; the next activity will concern the assessment of needs for training equipment that the EU will fund.

Following some bi-lateral preparation meetings an important, inter-agency workshop took place on 18 February 2014. During the workshop, some EU best practices and inter-agency models were presented to the working group of the Lebanese Army, Internal Security Forces, General Security, and Lebanese Customs, to assist in clearer understanding of cooperation at inter-agency level.

Between 29 January and 6 February 2014, IBM Lebanon in partnership with the Royal Netherlands Marechausee delivered 2 Document Security Awareness training courses for frontline staff of General Security and a guest from Lebanese Customs. The courses were designed to be very practical, giving lots of opportunity for handling sample documents and using verification equipment. The subjects that were covered included Observing & Impostors, Substrates, Printing Techniques and other security features. The students displayed enthusiasm for the course and were very keen to hear of EU experience in the field. Future assistance - through the EU-funded project - to the Lebanese border agencies will include a continuation and expansion of a training of trainers programme, attendance on an international higher level course in the Netherlands, educational and didactic guidance and donation by the EU of high quality research equipment for questioned documents.

To mark the first anniversary of the launch of the European Union funded project "Developing the National Capability for Integrated Border Management in Lebanon (IBM Lebanon)", the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is organising a formal commemorative event on 5 February from 10:00 to 14:00 at the Holiday Inn, Dunes, Beirut.

The equipment and procurement component of the EU-funded IBM Lebanon project was started in May 2013 with an in-country Equipment Needs Analysis (ENA), which involved site visits and consultations to establish the current position and the perception of ongoing needs. An ENA report was then prepared. This was followed by market research, preparation of budgetary estimates and tender documentation for the procurement of the equipment needs identified and agreed. In January 2014 the tender bids received for the equipment supply will be evaluated and the supply contract(s) awarded, with delivery expected to commence in mid April 2014. This will then be followed by post-delivery inspection, tallying, inventory control and delivery of the equipment, delivery of user and maintenance training and preparation and fulfilment of EU visibility requirements in accordance with the Practical Guide to Contract Procedures for EU External Actions and the Communication & Visibility Manual for EU External Actions.

Following the completion of a Training Needs Analysis conducted for all of the Lebanese beneficiaries in August the EU-funded IBM Lebanon project has continued to provide wide-ranging support to the development of truly sustainable training systems within and between the agencies, in line with IBM best practices. This support has seen a combination of the ongoing direct delivery of courses (including in document examination, training and training management skills, interviewing and strategy development) along with assistance in the establishment and equipping of fully competent training departments and the introduction of border management curricula.

Following the comprehensive Gap & Need Analysis phase, the EU-funded IBM Lebanon project initiated the IBM Strategy and Action Plan development with the representatives of Lebanese Army, General Security, Lebanese Customs and Internal Security. Bilateral and plenary workshops were dedicated to the drafting of the strategy following the principles of the Guidelines for IBM in EC External Cooperation and other existing and operational IBM Strategies from around the World, but also based on the needs assessment phase, bi- and multilateral discussions and previous donor activities/documents. The outline of the document with draft strategic objectives has been prepared including a broad collection of valid risks and challenges which Lebanon is facing in border management. The work was commenced in September and continued in November 2013. The next phase of this activity will take place in January 2014 with the identification of tailored strategic objectives on intra-agency, inter-agency and international cooperation.