World Border Security Congress

Rapiscan AS&E Confirmed as Silver Sponsor

Rapiscan AS&E, a global leader in cargo and vehicle inspection systems and services to help ports, borders, military, and law enforcement combat terrorism, smuggling, and trade fraud, has confirmed its support and Silver sponsorship of the 2019 World Border Security Congress.

Cellebrite confirm Lanyard Sponsorship

Cellebrite, the global leader in the digital intelligence market with a passion for technology innovation and keeping communities safe. Cellebrite provides law enforcement, military and intelligence, and enterprise customers with the most complete, industry-proven range of solutions that encompass digital forensics, extraction, and analytics, has confirmed its support and Lanyard sponsorship of the 2019 World Border Security Congress.

2019 Topics Announced

The provisional topics of discussion have been announced for the 2019 World Border Security Congress taking place in Casablanca, Morocco on 19th-21st March 2019.

Provisional topics include:

Identifying and Understanding the Latest and Evolving Threats and Challenges for Border Agencies

Border Management – from Risk Management to Foreign Fighter and CT Strategies

Implementing Biometrics and Advanced Passenger Information

Migration and Human Trafficking Challenges on Global Border Management

Cyberborders and the challenges of developing them

Border Security Information and Coordination

Surveillance Systems and Technologies on the Border

Future trends in International Border Management

Further details can be veiwed here >>

What was discussed at last month’s World Border Security Congress in Madrid?

An excellent conference which was described by a senior border specialist of one of the 52 nations that were represented as, “a timely and important event focusing on the most challenging issues facing border management internationally”

The welcome session set the scene for the 3-day congress with an initial opening address from the Chairman, John Donlon QPM followed by inputs from the International Organisation for Migration, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the President of the European association of Airport and Seaport Police.

The keynote speakers on day one articulated the importance of Border Management activity internationally and the significant challenges, which Governments, Policy Makers and Law Enforcement Agencies face with increasing pressures in a difficult economic climate.

The task for the event was to explore the major issues that were common to so many nations and seek to share experiences and continue to develop border management resolutions and solutions.

With a global audience from 52 nations and nearly 250 participants the conference received some excellent presentations from a broad range of distinguished and experienced border related experts. Alongside this, and importantly, there were some exceptional discussions and debates teasing out some of the more demanding areas of concern and addressing them from a range of perspectives, both from government and commercial positions.

The congress was very fortunate to have significant support from the Ministry of Interior in Madrid, the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil. The event was also most fortunate to have the support of, and speakers from, a wide range of international security organisations who have a focus on and around border management operations. Organisations such as:
• Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
• International Organisation for Migration (IOM)
• United Nations Office for Counter Terrorism
• European Association of Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP)
• UK Border Force
• EU Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM-Libya)
• EUROPOL
• AFRIPOL
• African Union

This was a truly global conference seeking to address global border issues and challenges and one which highlighted the need for continued efforts in developing, national, regional and international; Coordination, Cooperation and Communication.

There was, this year, a great deal of focus on migration pressures and the need for nations borders to be; Ordered – Structured and Safe to assist the enormous amount of migrant movement at a time when the displacement of people is even greater now than any time since the second world war.

As predicted, terrorism continued to be topic of special interest with a number of speakers presenting on the significant challenges that we all face globally and are likely to face for many years to come.

At last year’s congress we heard a lot about Drug Smuggling and the international initiatives in place to tackle the issues, but not so much this year. However, we heard a lot more about Human Trafficking, a growing trend which is truly a global concern, with some particularly good references demonstrating how easy it is to miss something if you are not looking for it.
Modern Day Slavery was also a topic of considerable discussion and some figures that were quoted, in terms of the amount of people in slavery, estimated to be 45.8 million really drove home the extent of the issue.

There was some surprise that there was not more focus on Cyber activity and its potential implications for border management information systems but no surprise at all that there was a continuing theme on Information Sharing. Again, this year there were some very positive comments from Europol on the progress that has been made in this area over the last 12 months.

A number of presenters spoke of the continuing need for cooperation and coordination and a quote that was used on more than one occasion captured the way forward: “Alone we can only do so much, but together we can do so much more”.

The Chair of the congress closed at the end of day 3, thanking the participants for their active participation across a wide range of discussions and linked the fact that all who attended were seeking new ways through new challenges and treating those challenges as opportunities to do things better in the future.

The next World Border Security Congress will be held in Casablanca, Morocco from the 19-21 March 2019.

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3-day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit World Border Security Congress.

IOM Niger: Immigration and Border Management

Niger, a country still in the initial phases of development (187/188 UNDP HDI 2016), is located on the southern edge of the Sahara at the center of the West African Sahel region spanning 1,267,000 km2, three quarters of which are occupied by the Sahara desert. Niger is affected by surrounding conflicts, periodic episodes of drought and floods, and has faced a massive influx of migrants coming mainly from other ECOWAS countries.

With 5,697 kilometers of borders with Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria, Libya, Chad, Nigeria and Benin, Niger is the main crossroads for migration and exchange in West and Central Africa, and faces multiple persistent challenges. The main challenge remains the security threat of regular incursions by armed groups, notably along the borders with Nigeria and Mali. These recurring incidents weaken the state and negatively impact the security of populations living at the border. The adverse socio-economic consequences of these incursions make the resilience of these communities uncertain. Instability in neighboring countries also assists in the development of trafficking and smuggling at Nigerien borders.

Thus, the surveillance and security of Niger’s borders are essential in reducing the risk of incursions which can threaten the stability of the State of Niger. Effective border management requires both an optimization of strategies to streamline socio-economic exchanges and the transportation of goods and persons, as well as the development of border zones to combat issues of desertification. In total, supporting communities on both sides of the border is essential for combatting the desertification of these zones, which can enable the mobility of transnational criminal activity.

Over the course of the past few decades, the movement of goods and persons has considerably increased, requiring improved structures for immigration and border management in order to more effectively manage cross-border flows. As a result, States are faced with a common objective: to better facilitate the legitimate movement of persons and goods while maintaining secure borders.

Thus, the Immigration and Border Management unit supports IOM’s global strategy, and implements activities which aim to assist States in reinforcing their structures and procedures in the management of borders and migration; to reduce irregular migration and trafficking of migrants; to reinforce the protection of migrants’ rights; to reinforce international cooperation; and to harmonize national policies and practices both internally and in a regional context.

In Niger, the IOM Immigration and Border Management Unit has been active since 2015 and implementing projects with the aim of reinforcing border management in Niger and the Sahel. Thus, border management projects notably aim to assist the Government of Niger in developing the human, infrastructural, material, and institutional capacities of the National Police and all of the border security forces. Additionally, border communities are regularly assimilated into border management activities in order to facilitate dialogue with the administrative and cultural authorities in Niger, thus increasing their resilience when faced with criminal activities.

Research and Studies
In order to allow for a better understanding of the context, security challenges, economic issues, and movement of communities living near the borders in Niger, IOM engages in research and publishes studies.

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Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe supports World Border Security Congress

The organisers of World Border Security Congress have announced the support of the Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for next year’s World Border Security Congress in Madrid, from the 20th-22nd March 2018.

The OSCE is the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization and has a comprehensive approach to security that encompasses politico-military, economic and environmental, and human aspects. Its mandate includes issues such as border security, arms control, THB and illicit goods, promotion of human rights, freedom of the press, and fair elections.

They also announced that Rasa Ostrauskaite, Director of the Transnational Threats Department, will give an opening keynote and the organization will be hosting one of the Closed Agency Workshops on ‘Challenges in the Mediterranean’.

Conference Chairman John Donlon QPM said “We are delighted to once again be working with and have the support of the OSCE who do so much great important work in ensuring that that our borders are both open and secure”

World Border Security Congress will be held in Madrid, Spain from the 20th-22nd March 2018.

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3-day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP) supports World Border Security Congress

The organisers of World Border Security Congress have announced the support of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP) for next year’s World Border Security Congress in Madrid, from the 20th-22nd March 2018.

They also announced that James Douglass IPM, Ports Protective Security Lead, National Counter Terrorism Policing HQ, UK and President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP) will be speaking at the event in the session on ‘Foreign fighters and counter-terrorism strategies at the border’.

Conference Chairman John Donlon QPM said “We are delighted to have the support of the EAASP who support key frontline officers tackling the multiple challenges faced at European airports, ports and borders. We are also especially pleased to welcome James Douglass to the event for the first time and look forward to sharing his insight and expertise on this important issue, which will undoubtedly will be one of the highlights of the programme .”

World Border Security Congress will be held in Madrid, Spain from the 20-22 March 2018.

ICAO TRIP Strategy Strengthens Border Control Efforts

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu delivered the opening address to 180 government and industry seminar participants at the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) Strategy Seminar in Antigua and Barbuda last week, acknowledging that global implementation of ICAO’s related Security and Facilitation provisions must be augmented.

“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.”

As part of the ‘Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation’ session at this year’s World Border Security Congress in Morocco, 21-23 March, Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration (IOM) will discuss the ICAO TRIP strategy in detail.

This session will see contributions from:
– Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain; and
– Ben Ball, Government Market Director, Crossmatch
This will discuss how ease of travel for bona fide travellers has not become less burdensome, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data protection requirements. And be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller to speed up the travel process?

Another related session includes discussions on:
Standardization of Systems and Making Advanced Passenger Information (API) Work
There are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit of passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardization of systems has not occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO, IATA. Is it possible for standardisation to occur and how can API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively?

Latest confirmed speakers at the World Border Security Congress include:
• Abdellatif Amrani, Director of Prevention and Litigation, Customs Administration and Indirect Taxes, Morocco
• Ulrik Ahnfeldt-Mollerup, Programme Officer, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT)
• Johann Wagner, UNCCT Senior Border Advisor, United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre
• Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, Head of Maritime Security Board, Republic of Indonesia
• Major General Abul Hossain, ndc, psc; Director General, Border Guard Bangladesh

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

Supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit World Border Security Congress www.world-border-congress.com

Terror attacks spur upgrade of EU border checks

Security agencies told to update database in drive to keep track of suspects

Brussels is proposing to bolster the way law enforcement agencies share border control data to address weaknesses exposed by terror attacks across Europe during the past two years.

The European Commission said steps were needed to strengthen the border control database known as the Schengen Information System and improve co-operation in tracking terror suspects.

The moves are part of a broader plan to strengthen counterterrorism legislation in the wake of attacks in France, Belgium and Germany that have killed more than 250 people in a little more than 12 months. In Germany, a hunt was under way for the driver of the truck claimed the lives of 12 people at a Berlin Christmas market.

The SIS enables border guards and police to share information across the EU. It was set up to facilitate frontier checks and searches for criminals moving around the passport-free Schengen zone. While the system is seen as a technical success, the attacks have revealed flaws in how it is used.

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European Commission proposes a European Travel Information and Authorisation System

The European Commission is proposing to establish a European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) to strengthen security checks on visa-free travellers. The ETIAS will gather information on all those travelling visa-free to the European Union to allow for advance irregular migration and security checks. This will contribute to a more efficient management of the EU’s external borders and improve internal security, whilst at the same time facilitating legal travel across Schengen borders.
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/etias/

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Securing our borders and protecting our citizens is our first priority. ETIAS will close an information gap by cross-checking visa exempt applicants’ information against all our other systems. At the same time, the future ETIAS will be easy, quick, cheap and effective.”

Identity, Biometrics and Advanced Passenger Information (API) at the Border will be some of the key subjects addressed at next year’s World Border Security Congress to be held in Morocco 21-23 March 2017.

These two open discussions in the programmes are:

Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation
Ease of travel for bona fide travellers has not become less burdensome, it has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas. How can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data protection requirements. And be more effectively applied and integrated with trusted traveller programmes and other data sources to ensure the integrity of the traveller to speed up the travel process?

Standardization of Systems and Making Advanced Passenger Information (API) Work
There are many trusted traveller programmes available, yet few integrate and communicate to create a more global benefit of passenger clearance and information sharing. Standardization of systems has not occurred despite lots of talk at ICAO, IATA. Is it possible for standardisation to occur and how can API and PNR sharing be made to work more effectively?

Confirmed speakers discussing these topics include:
– Josef Iroko, General Legal Counsel Board Secretary , Ghana National Identification Authority, Ghana
– Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain
– Ben Ball, Government Market Director, Crossmatch
– Mam Sait Jallow, Regional Director, ICAO, WACAF Office
– Andrew Priestley, Border Management Solutions Manager, Rockwell Collins

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

Additional confirmed speakers include:
– Hans de Moel, Policy Officer, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Netherlands
– Don Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General of Communications and Information Systems for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain
– Samy Gardemeister, Director of Enforcement,  Finnish Customs, Finlan
– Alvaro Rodriguez-Gaya, Head of Strategy and Outreach – European Migrant Smuggling Centre, EUROPOL
– Dr Anthony Luka Elumelu, Head of Division Free Movement & Migration, ECOWAS Commission
– Simon Deignan, Counter Terrorism Officer, OSCE
– Peter van den Berg, President, European Association of Airport & Seaport Police
– Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Commander, EU Naval Force Mediterranean

Supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association for Airport and Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, the World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

For the full Congress programme, speakers and more details about the event visit www.world-border-congress.com.