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Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji, Amy Crago, addressed participants at the Border Management Workshop, which concluded Thursday.
The three-day workshop, which began on Tuesday, was aimed at strengthening border management in Fiji by testing the ability of key agencies to work together in times of need.
Crago, in closing the workshop, commended the Fijian Government for their determination to keep their borders safe by ensuring government departments work closely with key counterparts, as well as Australia.
“I’m really pleased to see representatives from so many Fijian Government ministries present here today, as well as your counterparts from MSAF, BAF, the Navy and Fiji Ports – your joint efforts to work to keep Fijian borders safe is commendable,” she said.
“The ability of different agencies to be able to operate in conjunction with each other is paramount to the safety of people in Fiji.”
The Australian Government, together with the National Security and Defence Council Secretariat co-organised the workshop, which featured a number of scenarios that tested the interoperability of agencies and the application of enforcement jurisdiction and Laws of the Sea as it applies to Territorial Sea, Contiguous Zones, Archipelagic Waters and Exclusive Economic Zones.
The workshop was facilitated by Australian Border Force Regional Director – Pacific Commander James Watson, Professor Stuart Kaye and Dr Cameron Moore from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong Australia.
The workshop was officially opened by Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence and National Security, Osea Cawaru.
The workshop brought together delegates from numerous Fiji Government departments including Department of Environment, Fiji Ports, Republic of Fiji Navy, Ministry of Defence and National Security, Department of Immigration, MSAF, FRCS, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF), the Fiji Police Force and the National Defence and Security Secretariat. ...PACNEWS
SOURCE: AUST HIGH COMMSSION/PACNEWS
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