The U.S. Department of State’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program has provided funding to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct an International Border Interdiction Training (IBIT) for thirteen officials from the Libyan Ministry of Defense and the Customs Authority. The IBIT course began on December 10 in McAllen, Texas, and will run through December 14, 2012. This course is comprised of classroom and practical training, which seek to improve participants’ ability to carry out effective inspection, detection, and interdiction of illicit material and illegal immigration across land borders.
IBIT is designed to share best practices with Libyan border enforcement officials, and bolster U.S.-Libyan cooperation on nonproliferation. In particular, the program will focus on reducing the illicit transfers of weapons, narcotics and any other contraband across borders, and contribute to national and regional security and stability. Additionally, IBIT will stress the important role effective border security plays in facilitating legal trade and promoting economic development. This is the third border security activity undertaken by the Departments of State and Homeland Security with the government of Libya, and is part of a larger collaborative program between our governments to improve Libyan border security.
For more information regarding EXBS programs go to: http://www.state.gov/strategictrade/, or for more general information on nonproliferation, please go to: http://www.state.gov/t/isn/index.htm or https://www.facebook.com/StateDepartment.ISNBureau.