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PNG Visit Thailand for Border Talks

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha has met with Thai Immigration Officials in Bangkok this week.

The visit was an opportunity to explore further efforts to modernise and strengthen PNG’s borders. Mr Kantha said Thailand has considerable experience combatting people trafficking and other irregular migration activities.

Mr Kantha said the tour reinforces ICA ’s plan in modernising our security at our borders.

ICA is committed to expanding its capabilities into online visas, electronic passports and an integrated border manager system’.

During his engagement with Thai authorities, Mr Kantha was given a tour of the immigration operations at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Mr Kantha said ‘it is a privilege to see firsthand the operations used to process 90 million passengers on 140 different airlines, arriving into Thailand from all over the world. This tour reinforced what

Minister Thomas and ICA already believe modernising our processes is not only the way to attract more visitors to PNG, but it is necessary to maintain the security of our borders.

We must utilise the technology that exists to support our responsibilities in protecting PNG, and ICA is committed expanding our capabilities into online visas, electronic passports and an integrated border manager system’.

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