ICAO: TRIP strategy enhances border security

15/02/17

Stakeholders at the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar in Antigua and Barbuda last week, have heard how the Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) strategy is boosting border security.

Speaking to 180 government and industry seminar participants at the meeting, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu alluded to the programme in opening remarks.

“The ICAO TRIP strategy is designed to assist States in enhancing the fight against terrorism, reducing cross-border crime, and combating various threats to international civil aviation,” he highlighted. “It supports efforts relating to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 2178 and 2309, as well as State capacities relating to the establishment, protection, and management of citizen identity to permit more dependably secure travel document production and border control systems.”

Representatives of 25 countries had gathered in Antigua and Barbuda for the latest ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar.

President Aliu also drew attention to the benefits of ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) membership in his address, emphasizing that it is essential if States wish to capitalize on the full security and facilitation benefits that ePassports are meant to deliver. PKD membership enables States to fully benefit from ePassport chip-based security features, and are key to hindering the movements of international terrorists.

“Going forward, more intensified advocacy efforts are needed to underscore the role of the PKD as a fundamental contributor to effective border integrity,” he stressed.

The ICAO Seminar was arranged to be conducted back-to-back with an ICAO TRIP Workshop on Border Control Management in the Caribbean Region, Supported by the Government of Canada, the Workshop will be conducted in partnership with the United Nations’ Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), and with the collaboration of additional international organizations.

“These cooperative efforts are fully in-line with ICAO’s No Country Left Behind objectives,” President Aliu highlighted, referencing ICAO’s ongoing global effort to provide comprehensive assistance and capacity-building to States in aid of the more effective implementation of the UN agency’s global standards and policies.

Jean-Paul Laborde, UN CTED Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director, added that the Executive Directorate “fully supports the ICAO TRIP Strategy and its aim to develop a holistic and systematic model for traveller-identification management. This ensures that all states have the capacity to verify the identity of individuals prior to the issuance of secure travel documents, compliant with international standards.”

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