The East African Community (EAC) Secretariat Friday concluded a three-day Training of Trainers (TOTs) workshop for immigration and labour officers which was conducted at the Tanzania Regional Immigration Training Academy (TRITA) in Moshi, Tanzania.
The workshop was targeted at enhancing knowledge and skills of the officers with a view to boosting their capacity to implement the EAC common market protocol and other border management related matters.
The specific objectives of the training were to give the immigration and labour officers opportunities to interact and share experiences on the implementation of the EAC common market protocol provisions of free movement of persons and labour among other rasons.
The ToT workshop further sought to enhance the officers appreciation of the role of border management agencies in facilitating the growth of the private sector and investment promotion in addition to acquiring knowledge on detecting fraud in travel documents, and security of documents and investigations.
The participants included immigration and customs officers drawn from three border posts namely: Namanga; Holili, Sirare and labour officers from the ministries responsible for labour in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar as well representatives from the EAC partner states’ ministries responsible for EAC affairs.
In view of budgetary constraints, the training will be arranged in a phased manner and conducted in all partner states instead of transporting and facilitating participants to TRITA, Moshi, and this new approach, would target more participants, who will later train others in their respective partner states.
Speaking at the workshop, the EAC Principal Labour and Employment Officer, Mr. Stephen Niyonzima, said that the training of immigration and labour officers was critical in as far as building capacity of the officers is concerned.
Niyonzima added that in the public service officers were transferable while others retire and therefore, the provision of regular training was necessary to promote efficiency and effectiveness in the management of the free movement of persons and labour in the community.
He further informed the participants that the regional monitoring group on the implementation of the EAC common market protocol, had on several occasions recommended the need to build capacity of border management officials on the implementation of the common market protocol among other EAC protocols.
The scope of the presentations at the training focused on the role of immigration, labour, examination of travel documents, fraud detection, private sector and investment promotion and labour migration and development.