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Pacific To Strengthen Border Control Systems

Pacific Island countries need to reshape their border strategies away from the archaic conventional models to a more scientific highly advanced approach to be up to par with the rapid
27 Jun 2018 12:19
Pacific To Strengthen Border Control Systems
All Directors of Immigration from across the region during the opening of the 21st Pacific Immigration Directors Annual Conference at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island in Nadi on 26 June 2018. PHOTO: ARIETA VAKASUKAWAQA

Pacific Island countries need to reshape their border strategies away from the archaic conventional models to a more scientific highly advanced approach to be up to par with the rapid change across the world.

The Ministry of Waterways acting secretary, Sakeasi Waikere, highlighted this while opening the 21st Pacific Immigration Directors Annual Conference at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on Denarau Island in Nadi yesterday.

Nineteen members of the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference, will over a three-day meeting, deliberate on issues of border security and immigration in the region.

The conference, Mr Waikere said would provide a unique opportunity for all directors in the region and its partners to discuss immigration issues and support regional adaptation of economic growth with good governance.

He reminded participants that it was important to know the importance of strengthening the integrity of their border control systems.

The theme of the conference ‘Climate Change and Migration’, Mr Waikere said was focused on the great threat faced by Pacific Island countries.

“Your task in the next few days is to consider new ways in which our borders can be protected and sustained,” he said.

“To host this conference is a milestone achievement for Fiji’s economy,” he said.

“We need to find existing approaches and policies. Immigration needs to protect its borders as they work alongside Government as their national partner

“The significance of this meeting is that we achieve much together for the benefit of all.

“The frankness of discussing immigration matters is important and to better understand our migration environment within the region. We need safe borders.”

The meeting ends tomorrow.

Edited by Percy Kean

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