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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Thursday it will support South Sudan’s directorate of border police with a cross-border security management strategy in an effort to tame transnational crimes.

IOM said border management and border security strategy contribute to improved cross-border relations not only with neighboring countries but also facilitate cross-border collaboration to address transnational organized crimes, foster economic cooperation, peaceful and organized neighborhoods.

“The general purpose of border management is to ensure the duly authorized, legitimate, safe, secure and efficient cross-border movement or transit of people, goods, conveyances, services, and capital,” Peter Van Der Auweraert, IOM South Sudan’s Chief of Mission said in a statement issued in Juba.

He said IOM is conducting a series of consultative workshops with stakeholders to help the South Sudan government identify key information requirements for the development of cross-border management strategy.

Der Auweraert said it’s critical to take into consideration the current context and to foresee the benefits of well-managed borders for the welfare of South Sudanese and migrants.

Majak Akec, South Sudan’s Inspector-General of Police, lauded IOM for the support while requesting other partners to double their efforts in solidifying peace and service delivery in the world’s youngest republic. Enditem

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