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‘Border Management Crucial For Stability’

‘Border Management Crucial For Stability’
Timoci Natuva
June 27
10:00 2018


The joint border management for member countries was crucial for regional stability, says Ministry of National Security and Defence Council director general Timoci Natuva.

“Integrated border management is crucial for improving our domestic and regional stability which will ensure legitimate movement of people and goods,” Mr Natuva said.

Mr Natuva was speaking at the closing of the two-day Border Agency Coordination workshop at the Holiday Inn, Suva yesterday.

“Based on discussions, we can all agree that there are certain grey areas which have been highlighted by presenters and these issues will need to be addressed so that an inclusive and comprehensive strategy is developed,” he said. He said change was not going to occur overnight but it required time and a dedicated collaborative team effort to ensure the idea of a safe and secure Fiji became a reality.

Mr Natuva said the objective of the workshop was to identify and understand the various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines various departments followed during events which posed a threat to security and in this process it identified ways to work together.

Through the fruitful dialogue, exchange of various suggestions and proposals of the past two days had evoked the thought and consideration for mapping a way forward, he said.

“The direction which we will heading should involve cooperation through the sharing of resources and to an extent the delegation of powers,” he said.

Secondly, certain legislations need to be re-looked or Memorandum of Understanding MoUs between relevant departments would have to be formulated so that the so called “grey areas” which have been discussed could be addressed.

“Inter-agency training like what is being done with Navy and Police, agreements between MSAF and Police, Department of Environment and Customs will be a fruitful product of this proposed signing if approved which will ultimately be a bonus for personnel working at operational and enforcement level,” he said.

Mr Natuva believed that the way forward points to an inclusive and integrated approach is through the proposed  “Fusion Cell” concept.

“This will allow information to be provided to the joint command centre comprising of officers from various departments particularly the enforcement agencies,” he said.

“This will provide a solid platform for information sharing, assessment and analysis where timely decisions can be made in a manner that will be effective and efficient.”

He said he hoped the workshop had fostered mutually beneficial relationships to allow networking across Government ministries, enforcement agencies and related organisations as well as at individual level.

“This is to ensure a wider outreach of knowledge and further increase pace to stride alongside the rapidly evolving challenges of border security”.

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