The International Office of Migration (IOM) began a 10-day training in Mauritania aimed at enhancing the capacity of Mauritania and Mali to control their borders.
The workshop is being funded by the Japanese government, which manages IOM.
“These joint training sessions will make it easier for Mauritanian and Malian police officers to collaborate in the fight against terrorism,” IOM Mauritania project manager Tomoko Sato said. “It will help them to focus on preventing cross-border crime, such as trafficking and smuggling. And it will also help them to cooperate more effectively and share information during emergency situations or natural disasters.”
The workshop will focus specifically on helping police identify forged documents and practice appropriate interviewing skills. It is also aimed at promoting cooperation between the governments of the two countries and finding ways to keep communities built along the border safe.
Though organized by IOM, the training will be conducted by Malians and Mauritanians who received a three-week training of their own in preparation for the workshop.