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Immigration And Biosecurity Share

Fijian border security authorities took a step forward yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and the Department of Immigration. This
08 Nov 2014 16:22
Immigration And Biosecurity Share

Fijian border security authorities took a step forward yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and the Department of Immigration.

This MOU will improve the sharing of information between the two agencies.

“The signing of the MOU will not only enhance co-operation and collaboration between BAF and DOI but will formally materialise and improve the informal link that existed between the two agencies before,” said BAF executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan.

Mr Khan said this was a huge milestone for BAF.

“It will further strengthen BAF’s efforts in border control thus enhancing the protection of Fiji’s unique biodiversity whilst improving the livelihoods of individual Fijians,” he said.

The MOU will also see the agencies presenting a unified approach to compliance and enforcement of Biosecurity and the DOI legislation.

“The benefits will also extend to building more opportunities for staff training and other joint ventures which Fiji as a whole will benefit.
This means immigration officers will receive the required training in certain aspects of biosecurity inspection and border protection and vice versa.

Director Immigration, Nemani Vuniwaqa said information sharing was one of the aspects of achieving security at our borders.

He said the signing of the MOU would enhance the services of the agency to the public and enhance capabilities in providing security at our borders.

The signing was held at the Airports Fiji Limited, Academy Training Room in Nadi.

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