World Border Security Congress

World Border Security Congress

2019 Preliminary Congress Programme Announced

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The World Border Security Congress is delighted to announce the preliminary congress programme and guide for your attendance to the annual gathering of border management and security practitioners and professionals.

The Congress Topics for the 2019 programme 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
– Data, 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

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Latest Confirmed Speakers include:

– Wayne Salzgaber, Director, INTERPOL Washington
– Borut Erzen, Head of Programme, Border Management and Security, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
– Ahmed Adnane Dahmani, Head of Division of Prevention, Moroccan Customs
– Ahad Miah, International Operations, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region, Border Force UK
– Romana Fabbro, Border Advisor, European Union Integrated Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM LIBYA)
– Peter Nilsson IPMc, Police Commissioner and Head of AIRPOL
– Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Italian Navy EUNAVFORMED
– Gorancho Stojkowski, Border Security and Management Unit, Transnational Threats Department (TNTD), Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
– Renée L. Yengibaryan, Deputy Director – IPD, Operations Support, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
– Florian Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), Department of Migration Management (DMM), International Organization for Migration (IOM)
– Simon Deignan, Counter Terrorism Officer, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
– Dr Enrique Belda, Deputy Director General of Information Systems and Communications for Security Secretary of State for Security, Ministry of Interior, Spain
– Alvaro Rodriguez-Gaya, Senior Specialist, European Migrant Smuggling Center (EMSC) , EUROPOL
– Inesa Nicolaescu, Associate Border Security Officer, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
– Justice Cornelius Amevor, Aflao Sector Commander, Ghana Immigration Service
– Baptiste Amieux, Immigration & Border Management Programme Manager , IOM Niger
– Max Antoine, Executive Secretary, Commission for Border Management of Haiti
– Babatunde Olomu, Deputy Comptroller of customs, Nigeria customs service
– Dr John Coyne, Head of Border Security Program, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Migration – Creating Opportunities for Young People In Africa
The Social Affairs and Health Cluster Committee in conjunction with Committee on Political Affairs of the AU-ECOSOCC, will be hosting a Workshop on the margins of the Congress to understudy the situation and proffer necessary solutions that will address the issues of Migration in Africa.
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Casa Port Site Visit
Site Visit to Port of Casablanca
Tuesday 19th March – 8.30am-12noon

The Site Tour of the Port of Casablanca will offer an insight into these challenges and how the relevant authorities tackle these through traditional and technological solutions.
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Building Trust and Co-operation through Discussion and Dialogue

Current Border Security Challenges:
– Migration Crisis Tests European Consensus and Governance
– Migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia
– Big Business of Smuggling Enables Mass Movement of People for Enormous Profits
– Climate Change and Natural Disasters Displace Millions, Affect Migration Flows
– Europe and the United States Confront Significant Flows of Unaccompanied Child Migrants
– Tackling Southeast Asia’s Migration Challenge
– ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants to Europe
– Border Skirmishes Resonate in National Domestic Politics
– Women’s Labour Migration from Asia and the Pacific

As we see the continued escalation of the global migration crisis, with mass movements of people fleeing the war zones of the Middle East as well as illegal economic immigration from Africa and elsewhere, international terrorism shows every sign of increasing, posing real threats to the free movement of people.

The world is expected to see a continuation of the migration challenges for the border management and security community, as little sign of peace and security in the Middle East is apparent and porous borders in Africa continue to provide challenges.

International organised criminal gangs and human and drug trafficking groups exploit opportunities and increasingly use the internet and technology to enhance their activities.

Controlling and managing international borders in the 21st Century continues to challenge the border control and immigration agencies around the world. It is generally agreed that in a globalised world borders should be as open as possible, but threats continue to remain in ever evolving circumstances and situations.

Advancements in technology are assisting in the battle to maintain safe and secure international travel. The border security professional still remains the front line against these threats.

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.

In 2018:
Over 240 delegates
52 countries represented
DG/Head of Agencies – 52
Deputy/Deputy Heads – 18
Heads of Unit – 32
Senior Officials – 61
Ambassadors/Embassy Officials – 9

We need to continue the discussion, collaboration and intelligence sharing.

Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Interior of Spain, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), African Union ECOSOCC (AU-ECOSOCC), European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, 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.

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