The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will help Belarus develop a national strategy to create a professional and efficient system of risk analysis in border management, head of the information analysis department of the State Border Committee of Belarus Oleg Masherov told reporters on 5 December.
To this end, representatives of the State Border Committee of Belarus and the International Organization for Migration worked out an international technical aid project RANBEL (Risk Analysis in Border Management in Belarus). According to Oleg Masharov, this project will allow developing an efficiency risk assessment system using the best international standards. A comprehensive assessment of the situation with the risk analysis system in border management will be conducted, recommendations on its optimization and improvement will be developed, and the State Border Committee and its regional subdivisions will be provided with the necessary equipment and technologies in the field of risk analysis. Specialists will study trends in illegal migration on the Belarusian border. The results of the study will be published in an analytical report. Training sessions on risk analysis in border management and migration control will be held.
“The RANBEL project is a logical continuation of the strategy to develop the national system of integrated border management where risk analysis is viewed as a key element of the comprehensive assessment of the situation and is essential for making efficient and well-grounded managerial decisions,” Oleg Masharov underlined.
The RANBEL project is getting particularly relevant considering the forthcoming ice hockey championship in Minsk in 2014. “While preparing for this important event, we rely on the best European and national practices in risk analysis that were used during such large-scale events as FIBA EuroBasket 2011 and UEFA Euro 2012,” the representative of the State Border Committee said.
The project is financed using the IOM funds and implemented via the IOM Office in Belarus. The International Organization for Migration provided a total of $200,000 for the project. The State Border Committee is a beneficiary; the State Customs Committee is a partner of the project. The project will run for 18 months.
The first seminar arranged within the framework of RANBEL is taking place at the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk on 5 December. Taking part in the seminar are experts from Estonia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, as well as specialists of the Frontex agency, the Coordination Service of the CIS Commanders Council of the Border Troops, and heads of information analysis subdivisions of the Belarusian border service.
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