From 21-24 September 2015, under the EU-funded More for More project IOM organized training in document security and fraud for frontline officers from Georgia’s Patrol Police. The group included some of the most experienced officers dealing with document abuse at border checkpoints and the training course was part of a drive to achieve ever improving standards of fraud detection. The training was also part of a strategic plan by the Ministry of Interior, supported by IOM, to create a higher level of document handling expertise at all border checkpoints. The group of officers in attendance are based at the three major airports in the country namely Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi as well as at key land border checkpoints such as Red Bridge, Sadakhlo and Kazbegi.
Tbilisi, 25 September 2015 - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will hold the Inauguration Event at the Radisson Blu Iveria hotel to present six Social Enterprises established this year as part of the programme: “Socio-Economic Integration Through Social Enterprise Development to Address the Problem of Drug Abuse Among Georgian Nationals Including Returning and Potential Migrants”.
One of the six press conferences of ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe was held in Tbilisi on 16th September 2015 at the Europe House. Its objective was to present the idea behind this new initiative and launch of the international media competition awarding outstanding films, TV and online programs promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM has procured an online subscription for the Keesing Document Checker for the Georgian Ministry of Justice’s Public Service Development Agency (PSDA). The subscription will be used by the Agency’s officials dealing with the identity documents and will assist in enhancing knowledge of information about passports from around the world.
During a ceremony hosted by the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), IOM and the MFA signed a Deed of Donation about the transfer of ownership of the Consular E-Management Service System. This signature ceremony marks the culmination of five years of close cooperation between IOM and the Georgian authorities in enhancing the latter’s capacities to manage readmission and offer a comprehensive online consular service package to Georgian citizens abroad.
CRISIS SITUATIONS ARE LABORATORIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS
By Ambassador William Lacy Swing
When disaster strikes, the humanitarian community rushes to respond. We mobilize resources, activate response mechanisms, send doctors, search and rescue teams, logisticians, counsellors, engineers, equipment, tarpaulins, food, medicine and water. All the paraphernalia of an emergency response, swings into action, to conflict zones, natural calamities, or man-made disasters.
IOM has procured six online subscriptions for the Keesing Document Checker for the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The subscriptions are for three key border checkpoints including Tbilisi airport, the forensic laboratories in Tbilisi and Batumi and also for the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
With European Union funding under the “More for More” project and at the request of the Ministry of Interior (MIA) and the Public Service Development Agency (PSDA) of the Ministry of Justice, IOM trained 15 officials in Presentational Skills from 7-9 and 21-23 July 2015 respectively.
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond delivered a two day training course from 1 - 2 July 2015 at the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (POG) in Tbilisi. State Prosecutors from locations across Georgia were present along with representatives of the Border Police, Patrol Police, Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Georgian Revenue Service.