FIJI LAUNCHES IBM SYSTEM TO ENHANCE BORDER SECURITY

International travellers can now expect less time going through the counters at Fiji’s international gateways following the launch of a new system that would assist customs and immigration officer process travelling documents faster.

The new Integrated Border Management System was launched today at the Nadi international Airport by the Minister for Defence , National Security and Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga.

In launching the new system, Minister Cokanasiga pointed out that today’s development demonstrate the Fijian government’s commitment to improving efficiency at both international airports.

“Fiji is committed to improving its border security, facilitate the mobility of people and to guard against irregular migration which are national objectives that every sovereign country shares,” Minister Cokanasiga said.

The new IBM System is one of the most advanced system developed in Sri Lanka and has been successfully trialled in Asian countries.

“I would like to congratulate the different stakeholders for its strong commitment in achieving Government’s agenda in enhancing Fiji’s Border Management System.”

Director Immigration Nemani Vuniwaqa says the IBMS is a more effective tool in capturing migration data and information on travellers.

“That older system, the Oracle – based system has outlived its usefulness given the modern challenges posed by migration in the 21st century,” Vuniwaqa said.

“The IBMS is a key component of the Fijian government’s IT blueprint which is currently being implemented by the Information Technology Communications (ITC) department.”

The Fijian Government has invested close to $2 million dollars for the use of this new system.

MINFO