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Finau Wants Border Security Processes To Be Holistic

Finau Wants Border Security Processes To Be Holistic
Participants with Acting Permanent Secretary for Defence and National Security Malakai Finau (centre front) and Director General for the National Security Secretariat Timoci Natuva (third from right). Photos: DEPTFO
June 27
10:00 2018

 

Fiji’s border security processes must be holistic in their approach taking into account its vast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Acting Permanent Secretary for Defence and National Security Malakai Finau told border agencies and defence forces that attended the opening of the two-day border agency coordination workshop at the Holiday Inn in Suva on Monday.

“Our border security processes need to be holistic in their approach, modern, aligned to international standard practices and capable to identify risks in the form of people, vessels, goods and aircraft before they enter into Fiji’s sovereignty,” Mr Finau said.

“The existing capability of national security is inadequate to cope with the evolving security challenges,” he said.

“Capabilities must include the ability to monitor and evaluate probable infringements and initiate a response to it in a manner which is timely and effective.

“As a maritime nation, Fiji should have the capability to monitor and have control of all vessels, goods, and people leaving or entering our points of entry.”

The two-day workshop was to open and strengthen communication between different border agencies.

They held brainstorming sessions to better strategic ideas to be able to assist one another.

Mr Finau highlighted that Fiji’s shores was a hive for many maritime activities because of its vast EEZ and there was a need to strengthen inter-agency cooperation for good border management through maritime, land and air governing bodies.

He said that enforcement agencies must work together as they also need international cooperation with neighboring countries to strengthen Fiji’s boarders.

“We all have to collectively develop a practical and achievable strategy to ensure that Fiji’s territorial integrity, border security, protection of our EED and its resources, maritime surveillance, safety at sea and improvement of partnership between agencies operating at our points of entry is safeguarded,” he said.

 

To increase border integrity there is a need to be:

  •  Develop and strengthen capabilities in monitoring and data analysis;
  •  Improve cooperation between Immigration, Customs, Police, Fiji Airports and Fiji Ports Authority;
  •  Improve the level of coordination at national and regional level; and
  •  Strengthen intelligence networking with other domestic and regional agencies.

The first workshop was also held in Suva in February.

 

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