Under the Department of State-funded Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is coordinating an International Visitors Program (IVP) for nine officials from the Libyan Ministry of Defense and the Customs Authority. The IVP began on September 16 and will run through September 29, 2012, as part of a larger Department of State-Department of Homeland Security collaborative program with the Libyan government to improve border security.
The IVP is designed to provide an overview of U.S. border security operations, share best practices with Libyan border enforcement officials, and bolster U.S.-Libyan cooperation on nonproliferation. The IVP includes visits to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland; Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia; El Paso, Texas; Jacksonville, Florida; Nogales and Tucson, Arizona; and the Department of Homeland Security’s Global Borders College in West Virginia. The IVP will stress strategic planning, integrated border management, and the importance of training academies.