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New system for Border security

By WAISEA NASOKIA International travellers can now expect less time going through the counters at Fiji’s international gateways following the launch of a new system that would assist customs and
12 Apr 2013 12:49

Minister for Defence, Joketani Cokanasiga (right) chats with IBMS assistant general manager Vignaraja Manoharan during the official launch of the Intergrated Border Management System (IBMS) at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

By WAISEA NASOKIA

International travellers can now expect less time going through the counters at Fiji’s international gateways following the launch of a new system that would assist customs and immigration officers process travelling documents faster.
The new Integrated Border Management(IBM) System was launched yesterday at Nadi international Airport by the Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Joketani Cokanasiga.
In launching the new system, Cokanasiga pointed out that today’s development demonstrates the Fijian Government’s commitment to improving efficiency at both international airports.
“Fiji is committed to improving its border security, facilitating the mobility of people and guarding against irregular migration which are national objectives that every sovereign country shares,” Mr Cokanasiga said.
The IBM System is one of the most advanced systems developed in Sri Lanka that has been successfully used in Asian countries.
“I would like to congratulate the different stakeholders for their strong commitment in achieving Government’s agenda in enhancing Fiji’s border management system.”
Immigration director Major Nemani Vuniwaqa says the IBM System is a more effective tool in capturing migration data and information on travellers.
“That older system, the Oracle-based system has outlived its usefulness given the modern challenges posed by migration in the 21st century,” Major Vuniwaqa said.
“The IBMS is a key component of the Fijian Government’s IT blueprint which is currently being implemented by the Information Technology Communications (ITC) department.”
The Fijian Government has invested close to $2 million in this new system.




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