Namibian airports and borders switch to biometrics system

06 Sep 2017 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 SEP (NAMPA) – Namibian airports and border posts will switch over to the new biometric system to enable the free movement of people for economic prosperity.
The biometric system is an automated facial and fingerprint recognition system, which is used to improve the collection of statistics, data storage and mining, the latter which ensures that it turns raw data into useful information.
Speaking during the official launch of the E-Border Control Management System Upgrade Project on Wednesday, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana said the project will significantly improve management and facilitation of lawful migration.
“The operations of all our law enforcement agencies can be enhanced by the new system as it will help identify people, even if they change their names because their fingerprints will never change,” Iivula-Ithana said.
She spoke of associated challenges in the areas of migration and development which include cross border crimes, human trafficking, smuggling of migrants and terrorism.
Also speaking at the launch, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration’s Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Patrick Nandago said Government was implementing the new system to monitor and regulate its borders.
Nandago noted that border management had become one of the greatest challenges in an increasingly globalised world, and governments have had to ensure the safety and security of citizens while encouraging the free flow of people and tourists.
“Economic prosperity relies on the free movement of goods and people, but if these flows are not monitored and controlled, the results can be dismantling,” he said.
He added that effective migration can only be monitored with a border management system that is secure through an integrated and intelligence led approach.
The best border security is delivered through integrated technology that enables effective sharing of data, assured identity management and strong inter-agency cooperation, he said.
The biometrics system went live at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on 01 September 2017. Other airports and borders will be upgraded with the new technology soon.