UN Migration Agency, Guinea, Mali Officials Meet Over Border Management, Security Cooperation
Guinea - Security, civil protection and land management authorities from Guinea and Mali, as well as officials from four bordering prefectures and representatives of the UN Migration Agency (IOM) met recently to discuss strengthening border management and security cooperation.
Two meetings, on 24 and 26 May, took place in eastern Guinea’s Mandiana and Siguiri prefectures. The talks focused on addressing cross-border security and migration challenges in these prefectures and in the adjacent prefectures of Kangaba and Yanfolila in Mali, and formalizing an integrated border management cooperation plan, including future border posts to be built in the prefectures.
IOM also updated participants on the installation of its Migration Information Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at the Guinean border post in Kourémalé. The tool enables electronic monitoring of migration flows at border crossings and has been installed by IOM in over 20 countries in Africa, Central and South America.
The cross-border meetings are part of a range of support that IOM provides to the Governments of Guinea and Mali to build border security and control capacity and, more broadly, to maintain secure borders and manage the flow of goods and people while also protecting the human rights of migrants.
This one-year USD 1.5 million initiative is funded by the Government of Japan.