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Australian Border Force Commissioner Visits FRCS

The Commissioner of the Aus­tralian Border Force, Michael Outram, met the Fiji Revenue and Customs Chief Executive Of­ficer Visvanath Das at the Revenue and Customs complex on Wednesday afternoon. Mr
25 Jan 2019 11:00
Australian Border Force Commissioner Visits FRCS
Sitting third row from left Gavin Watters (Australian High Commission), Commissioner ABF, Michael Outram (centre) and FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das with FRCS Staff on Wednesday January 23, 2019.

The Commissioner of the Aus­tralian Border Force, Michael Outram, met the Fiji Revenue and Customs Chief Executive Of­ficer Visvanath Das at the Revenue and Customs complex on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Outram’s visit follows the visit of the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, last week, where he announced the new border security assistance package to Fiji.

“Australia has committed to deliver a comprehensive border security as­sistance package to help reinforce the integrity of Fiji’s borders,” Mr Das said.

“These initiatives will build on long-established partnerships be­tween our border security agencies, and will contribute to strengthening border management and security across the region.”

Mr Das also thanked the Austral­ian Government and the Australian Border Force for the support towards FRCS in the form of customs mod­ernisation, technical assistance and capacity building that has helped FRCS improve its core roles – border protection, security, trade facilita­tion, revenue and compliance.

Mr Outram who was accompanied to Fiji by the Heads of the Australian National Security for Defence and Federal Police was accorded a tradi­tional i-sevusevu by staff of Revenue and Customs.

He said that Australian Border Force was committed towards assist­ing Fiji to keep its borders safe.

“We need to work towards practical solutions to step up border security in the region. It is rather unfortu­nate that crime syndicates continue to target our borders through drug peddling and smuggling,” he added.

Source: FRCS

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