Finau: Need for holistic approach in border security processes

Participants of the 2nd Border Agency Coordination Workshop at Holiday Inn Suva this morning. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

AS a nation we must face the reality that the expansion in trade and the improvement of technology have allowed easy access for criminal networks to extend their reach across borders.

This was highlighted by permanent secretary for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources in his opening address at the 2nd Border Agency Co-ordination Workshop held at Holiday Inn Suva today.

Mr Finau said with this, our borders would be left vulnerable to illegal and transnational crimes.

“Therefore, our border security processes need to be holistic in its approach, 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 Finau said.

The workshop ends tomorrow.