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Jamaica facilitates signing of MOU for the use of APIS in Sint Maarten

Ministry of National Security | 2015-12-08 00:00:00

Jamaica recently facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) and the National Security Services (NSS) of Sint Maarten.

The signing of the MOU represents an opportunity for greater cooperation between the two organisations through the use of the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS).

Executive Director of CARICOM IMPACS, Francis Forbes and Acting Head of the National Security Services in Sint Maarten, Jerome Beeldsnjider were signatories to the MOU, which took place at the offices of the Ministry of National Security.

APIS requires passenger information for all private and commercial flights to or from CARICOM member states to be submitted prior to arrival or departure, including any potential risks such as infectious diseases. It came into effect in 2007 in CARICOM member states.

Sint Maarten, a constituent country of the kingdom of the Netherlands, is seeking to strengthen its national security architecture in the Caribbean within the context of its newly autonomous status.

Speaking at the signing, Mr. Forbes noted that crime was going in the wrong direction across the region; therefore there was a need for a structure to be in place for regional security.  “The more of our member states and the more third party member states that come on board, the greater the opportunity to achieve the highest level of security”, said Mr. Forbes

The Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) helps to reinforce controls at national borders and ports of entry.

Within the region, Jamaica is the only country whose use of APIS is entrenched in law. National and regional security is expected to benefit considerably as more countries in the Caribbean sign on and commit to the use of APIS.

Posted By :Gillian Haughton

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