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Border security talks

Monika Singh
Thursday, October 12, 2017

A MEETING on border protection and Customs highlighted that increased computing power and the use of communication and biometric technology will drive advances in data analytics, leading to an improved capability in how to manage the flow of people and goods, and threats to the border.

The 27th World Customs Organization (WCO) Asia Pacific Regional Contact Points Meeting hosted by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection started in Cairns, Queensland, yesterday.

Acting assistant secretary trusted trader and industry engagement branch of the Department of Australian Immigration and Border Protection, Eva Becos-Cole, said: "We are living within the technological age and further advances bring with them new challenges and opportunities".

Ms Becos-Cole also highlighted the significance of big data analytics in combating terrorism and transnational crime in the global arena.

A media statement from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service said delegates from 22 Asia Pacific member administrations as well as representatives from WCO, the WCO Regional Intelligence Liaison Office A/P (RILO A/P) and the WCO Regional Office for Capacity Building A/P (ROCB A/P) have gathered for the annual meeting which will discuss a variety of issues relevant to Customs in the region.

Ms Becos-Cole also spoke on issues such as the impact of economics on the global landscape, trade modernisation and the significance of e-commerce within the Customs environment.

WCO Asia Pacific regional vice-chair and FRCS chief executive officer Visvanath Das said they needed to think holistically and leverage co-operation and partnerships at national, regional and global platforms to find solutions.

"Partnerships are absolutely critical in order to maximise synergies and results. Without partnership, we cannot hope to achieve the strategic targets we have set for ourselves," Mr Das said.

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