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Border security challenges

Litia Cava
Friday, March 02, 2018

THE existing capability of Fiji's national security is inadequate to cope with the evolving security challenges, says Ministry of Defence, National Security and Immigration permanent secretary Osea Cawaru.

In his opening address during a border agency co-ordination workshop at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay convention centre on Wednesday, Mr Cawaru said Fiji's growing diplomatic ties and expanding co-operation left its borders vulnerable to illegal and transnational crimes.

He said Fiji should have the capability to monitor and have control of all vessels, goods and people living or entering our points of entry.

"Many criminal groups will thrive because they tend to be major recipients of globalisation. These groups of opportunists are involved in activities ranging from human trafficking, narcotics and money laundering just to name a few," Mr Cawaru said.

"It would be challenging for one country to defend against the volume of unlawful activities, therefore our border security processes need to be modern, aligned to international standard practices and capable to identify risks in the form of people, vessels, goods and aircraft before they enter into Fiji's sovereignty."

Mr Cawaru added the two-day workshop would enable border agencies to organise and be ready for future challenges.

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