Tripoli, 19 December 2013:
Libyan Customs staff have had their skills boosted by training on the benefits of an integrated border management . . .[restrict]system and the use of different types of technologies at border crossing points.
Libyan customs officers from towns across Libya, including Benghazi, Kufra, Sebha and Misrata, came to Tripoli for the training. The sessions, designed to improve Libyan Customs’ standards and procedures, were part of the latest programme organised by the EU Integrated Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM).
‘The training was excellent, really useful and clear and it really motivated my staff,” said the Head of Customs at Tripoli Port, Brigadier Banour Al-Nifathi Elshehima. “It would be very good if EUBAM Libya could increase the amount of training courses and hold some of them outside the country to enhance staff skills and experience.”
Senior Customs Advisor with EUBAM, Luciano Calaciura, said that this training was just the beginning. “We are working together well with our Libyan counterparts,” he said. “Libya is in the lead, and we are providing the most up-to-date advice and methods of customs operations.”
The EUBAM Libya mission, supported by all twenty-eight EU Member States, began work in the country in May 2013. Its two-year mandate is to mentor, advise and provide training for Libyan border management agencies, which are responsible for securing more than six-thousand kilometres of the country’s land, air and sea borders. [/restrict]