Consolidating the cooperation among the Border Authorities, Government of Japan and the IOM under the Humanitarian Border Management Program in Jordan

11 February 2019

Today 11 February 2019, the UN Migration Agency (IOM), the Government of Japan and the Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF) consolidated their cooperation within the framework of humanitarian border management program, by signing the agreement pertaining to the project, which had started in 2018, between IOM and JAF.

The project, funded by the Government of Japan, represents another phase in supporting the Government of Jordan to strengthen their borders and ensure protection of the country and those who reside on its territories.

The two-million project continues to enhance the capacity of the Jordanian Authorities through targeted Infrastructure support at the North-eastern border with Syria.

Seven years of conflict in Syria continuously increased the pressure on Jordanian authorities and its borders, causing additional expenses to ensure security is preserved. In June 2016, the entire border line with Syria was fully closed due to security concerns and an attack on the Jordanian military base in Ruqban. The humanitarian border management program, run by IOM with support from various donors enabled the Jordanian border authorities of maintaining security and stability, while at the same time allowing for humanitarian response to continue.

The project “Enhancing the Capacity of the Jordanian Authorities Through Targeted Infrastructure Support at Their North-eastern Border with Syria”, includes upgrading the infrastructure at six towers at the north borders as well as delivering trainings on international humanitarian law, human rights laws and enhancing the frontline officers in health-care preparedness. Provision of medical equipment for the border staff is also a major part of the project.

The ceremony to acknowledge the generous support of the Government of Japan took place at the Jordanian Armed Forces hotel in Amman, under the patronage of H.E. Lieutenant General Mahmoud Freihat, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of Japan Mr. Hidenao Yanagi, Major General Nassar Athamneh Assistant to the Chief of Staff for Planning and Organization and Defense Resources, and Mr. Enrico Ponziani, Chief of Mission of IOM Jordan.

 

For further information, please contact:

Laila Tomeh (Senior Emergency Coordinator of IOM in Amman) ltomeh@iom.int

Fedza Lukovac (Communications and Support Officer of IOM in Amman), flukovac@iom.int