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IOM, the UN Migration Agency, donates two new Verifier Travel Document and Bearer (TD&B) workstations to the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority (ICA)
The donation follows a three day training delivered to PNG Immigration personnel aimed at assisting PNG ICA curb irregular migration and combat transnational organised crime as part of Phase II of IOM’s “Capacity Building in Managed Migration in Papua New Guinea Project”, which is funded by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. The installation of Verifier TD&B is one component of the project that also supports the development of rights-based Immigration training
curriculums for ICA.
Developed by IOM, the Verifier TD&B is an automated, stand-alone system designed to help border-control officers to conduct secondary inspections quickly and efficiently, with a suspect traveller’s passport being verifiable within 10 seconds.
Papua New Guinea is one of 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific where the system operates. PNG ICA will also have access to the IOM Document Examination Support Center (DESC), base in Bangkok, which provides guidance, advice and support to border control officials in the Asia-Pacific region when they intercept questioned travel documents, but do not have enough information to make a
decision on their status.
The two new Verifier TD&B workstations will help PNG ICA strengthen its ability to efficiently and effectively process travellers arriving and departing from Jacksons International Airport and combat identity and passport fraud.
IOM Papua New Guinea chief of mission Lance Bonneau stated that the provision of the Verifier TD&B system supports the continuing capability strengthening of PNG ICA, noting that “such measures support PNG’s vision of growing tourism and business travel in a manner that facilitates both a smooth and efficient immigration experience but assures that PNG will not be a gateway for transnational crime including human trafficking and people smuggling”.
Speaking at the gifting ceremony, Chief Migration Officer, Mr Solomon Kantha said the acquisition of the Verifier TD&B is another valuable tool, that will strengthen ICA’s already robust capability to combat people seeking to enter PNG illegally. Mr Kantha said “with APEC now only weeks away, ICA is in a formidable position to identify, detect and prevent security threats posed by the large number of travellers moving across our borders.
ICA is proud to be one of the agencies at the forefront APEC activities and we stand ready to play our part in hosting a successful APEC 2018”.