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New Zealand Partners With Fiji To Boost Protection At Reopen

While acknowledging the valuable support, Mr Khan stated that the assistance was a timely boost for Fiji’s border security system as Fiji prepared for re-opening of its international borders.
20 Oct 2021 13:15
New Zealand Partners With Fiji To Boost Protection At Reopen

Fiji’s border protection will be further enhanced with the introduction of new trace detection device at our international borders, provided by the New Zealand government.

A short ceremony was held at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) Office in Nadi to acknowledge this assistance from New Zealand.

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr, and his team attended the ceremony virtually, while the FRCS Board Chair, Mahmood Khan, Board member Lala Sowane and Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andre Viljoen, were at the FRCS Office.

While acknowledging the valuable support, Mr Khan stated that the assistance was a timely boost for Fiji’s border security system as Fiji prepared for re-opening of its international borders.

Mr Khan added that trace detection screening was increasingly common in international airports worldwide.

With the introduction of this in Fiji, he said FRCS was further enhancing its ability to manage potential risks of illicit goods being brought into the country.

The trace detection device will support FRCS to conduct risk assessment of cargo and passengers more effectively and will enable the Customs Officers to mitigate and identify illicit material on high-risk cargo and passenger for intervention at the entry and exit points. It will also help deter drug trafficking, transnational organised crime and ensure facilitation of legitimate trade.

The units, worth NZD$30,000 (FJ$44,764.90) with additional consumable kits worth approximately NZD$3000 (FJ$4476.49), was coordinated through the New Zealand High Commission in Fiji alongside New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) and Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ)and New Zealand Aviation Security Service.

“NZ Customs is pleased that we were able to support a key partner in keeping Fiji and the Pacific region safe. New Zealand has strong historic links to the region and by contributing to the protection of Fiji’s borders, we remain connected with our Pacific neighbours. The region is important to us, and we look forward to continuing our close relationship in the future,” Michael Blades, Director International at New Zealand Customs Service said.

Fiji Airways also welcomed the provision of four ETD units for use at the airline’s various facilities. Mr Viljoen said: “This support from CAA-NZ and AVSEC NZ is extremely timely, given the reopening of Fiji’s borders for tourism on 1st December and the anticipated influx of people travelling to and out of Fiji. Enhanced regional aviation security is everyone’s business and in everyone’s interest, and Fiji Airways is delighted to be a part of this commitment.”

Through this assistance, New Zealand and Fiji’s international law enforcement cooperation and Customs to Customs partnership and Coordinated Border Management has been further strengthened.

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