IOM Tanzania Organizes Identity Management Workshop
In a move set to help African countries improve their cross-border trade and travel, IOM in Tanzania has organised a workshop on Identity Management in partnership with the Dutch I.D. Management Academy and the Portuguese Border Agency (SEF.)
The workshop which begun yesterday runs till February 27 and is being attended by directors of the Immigration Departments of Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia within the context of a regional EU funded to up cross-border management capacities.
IOM said, ” The workshop is to increase government awareness of the importance of identity management and assist participating governments in assessing and improving the integrity of their identity documents and related issuance and management systems, with a focus on effective, robust and internationally compliant processes.”
Opening the workshop Tanzanian Deputy Minister for Home Affairs Pereira Silima blamed false identities as cause to the increasing criminal activity in the country as criminals were taking advantage of false identity fraud to carry out human trafficking, money laundering, arms smuggling and drug trafficking in the country and across international borders.
The identity management system to him will help cub crime.
He said,“We cannot practically stop people from crossing borders, but we can put in place proper migration management systems to ensure smooth and orderly movements of persons.”