Namibia ready to contribute to the fight against global terrorism: Mutorwa

23 Jul 2019 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibia is ready to contribute to the fight against global terrorism through the implementation of the traveller identification management process and passenger data exchange system, Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, has said.
Mutorwa made these remarks on Tuesday while officially opening the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s technical workshop on Air Transport Facilitation of Policies and Capacity Building on Solutions Related to Border Control Management underway in the capital.
He said the implementation of the traveller identification management process and passenger data exchange system will not only help in detecting terrorism and human trafficking, but will also improve air travel as well as the national and global economies.
“We are aware that enhanced integrity of travel documents serves, in turn, to expedite clearance of people at border control points, strengthen aviation security and also that it serves as an information tool to detect terror suspects and illegal migration, human trafficking and assist in the prevention of crime,” said Mutorwa.
He added that Namibia and the southern African region are ready to play their part in eradicating terrorism in global aviation, but this can only be done through effective implementation of both security and facilitation of standards and recommended practices.
Namibia Civil Aviation Authority Interim Executive Director, Reinhard Gartner, said even though significant progress has been made to improve safety in the aviation industry, more needs to be done to fight identity theft.
“While significant progress continues to be achieved through the enhancement of document and border inspection systems as well as cross-border data sharing, the industry has to continuously renew and improve its methods to combat identity fraud, given the grave security implications,” he said.
Gartner said the industry is committed to ensuring an enhanced traveller identification management process to secure efficient air transportation, which is critical to human welfare and progress, while simultaneously contributing to economies through tourism and cross-cultural connections among others.
Aviation industry experts from Africa, America, Europe and Asia are attending the workshop, which ends Friday.
(NAMPA)
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