Amman, November 18- Within the framework of the EU program to support the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to develop an integrated approach in border management and to strengthen capacities to counter transnational crime and enhance trade traffic for Jordanian land, sea and air border centers, the Integrated Border Management Project was launched on the November 18, 2019.
The event was attended by H.E the Director of General Security General Fadel Al-Homoud, H.E Ms. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, the EU Ambassador to Jordan, Ms. Cristina Albertin, UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr Julien Simon, Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean at ICMPD, representatives of the security services operating at the border posts, international partners, and NGOs.
Brigadier Tariq Al Habashneh, Director of the Directorate of Residency and Borders/Public Security Directorate, said in his statement that the integrated border management project comes within the cooperation between the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the European Union, which will be implemented for the first time in Jordan and will contribute significantly to the reduction of arms and drug smuggling operations, trafficking in human beings, combating terrorism and all transnational crimes through the application of the concept of integrated border management, the promotion of cooperation among the agencies operating at border posts, and the strengthening of international and regional cooperation
In the end, His Excellency Brigadier General Tariq Habashneh thanked the EU for their generous support of €11 million for four years. He also thanked the implementers of the project, represented by the ICMPDC and UNODC.
The EU Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Ms. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, remarked on how “trade and security go hand in hand in sustaining the social fabric and stability of the country. This explains our full support to specific activities on facilitating trade procedures on border crossing points while at the same time fighting organised crime and smuggling."
UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa, Ms. Cristina Albertin, added that “legislative expertise, skills and equipment that will be provided during the implementation of this project will directly contribute to the strengthening of international and intra-agency cooperation and thereby put the Government of Jordan in a stronger position to counter (transnational) organized crime and terrorist activities, to strengthen and ease trade flows, and to increase trade revenue" .
“The vision driving this project is constructed to offer a specific and efficient border control, through an Integrated Border Management strategy and the development of supply chain security and authorised economic operator system and speeding up clearance time while guaranteeing security,” said Mr. Julien Simon, Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean, ICMPD.
At the end of the event, HE the Director of Public Security Directorate presented commemorative plaques to H.E Ms. Maria Hadjitheodosiou, Ms. Cristina Albertin, and to Mr Julien Simon.
In the four years of implementation period, IBM will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and more specifically will contribute to a significant reduction of the illicit financial and arms flows, strengthening the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organized crime while strengthening the relevant national institutions capacity, at all levels to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.