Comprehensive Training Programme Enhances Border Authority’s Operational Performance

This week, the last of three training modules was delivered to the General Administration for Borders and Crossings (GABC). The module forms part of a comprehensive training programme, which is foreseen to be concluded later this year with a study trip.

The programme aims to enhance the operational performance of five designated units within GABC. It entails assessing the work and organisational capacity of each unit and bringing forward recommendations as to how their operational capacity and daily functioning can be improved.

This last training module, as well as the two previous conducted in December 2018 and January 2019 respectively, was organised and funded by the ‘Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument’ of the European Commission (TAIEX). The programme draws on the technical, operational and organisational experience and knowhow of similar administrations and authorities in EU Member States and was conducted in synergy with the EU Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing (EUBAM Rafah).

“I am convinced that the programme will contribute substantially to the operational capacity of GABC and, when fully implemented, will enable more effective, more dynamic and more responsive capacities. I take this opportunity to commend the Head of the Planning and International Cooperation Unit of GABC, Mr Iyad Salameh, for his commitment and visionary contribution to the programme and look forward to a continued strong relationship with one of our most significant counterparts”, said Head of EUBAM Rafah, Günther Freisleben at the closing of the third module.

The module was conducted at the GABC Training Centre at the Al-Karama Terminal in Jericho from 25 to 27 February 2019. It was a continuation of the two previous modules and focused on implementation.     

The last module provided the participants with a comprehensive understanding of the revised work processes and identified monitoring and evaluation tools needed to ensure an effective implementation process with particular attention to the role, tasks and competences of GABC managers in this regard.


Photo: Upon completion of the programme, the General Director of the General Administration for Borders and Crossings (GABC), Mr Nazmi Mhanna (far left) was briefed by the organizers from the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX) and the EU Border Assistance Mission for the Rafah Crossing (EUBAM Rafah).