World Border Security Congress

World Border Security Congress

Preliminary Congress Programme Announced

Developing strategic border management resolutions and solutions

2015/6 Border Security Challenges:
– Migration Crisis Tests European Consensus and Governance
– Migrants and refugees streaming into Europe from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia
– Big Business of Smuggling Enables Mass Movement of People for Enormous Profits
– Climate Change and Natural Disasters Displace Millions, Affect Migration Flows
– Europe and the United States Confront Significant Flows of Unaccompanied Child Migrants
– Tackling Southeast Asia’s Migration Challenge
– ISIS threatens to send 500,000 migrants to Europe
– Border Skirmishes Resonate in National Domestic Politics
– Women’s Labour Migration from Asia and the Pacific

Outline Conference Programme announced – click here for details >>

Latest speakers include:

Opening Keynote:
– Khalid Zerouali, Wali, Director of Migration and Border Surveillance, Morocco
– Ambassador Frederic Ngoga, Head of Conflict Prevention Early Warning Division, African Union
– Tony Verachtert, Council of Europe / Pompidou Group & Chief Commissioner of the Belgian Federal Judicial Police

  • Colonel Miguel Salom Clotet, Acting Head of Maritime Service, Guardia Civil, Spain
  • Abdellatif Amrani, Director of Prevention and Litigation, Customs Administration and Indirect Taxes, Morocco
  • Nasr Nizar, Head of the Prevention Division, Customs Administration and Indirect Taxes, Morocco
  • Vice Admiral Ari Soedewo, Head of Maritime Security Board, Republic of Indonesia
  • Major General Abul Hossain, ndc, psc; Director General, Border Guard Bangladesh
  • Luísa Maia Gonçalves, National Director, Immigration & Border Service (SEF), Portugal
  • Abdellatif Hammouchi, Head of Morocco’s internal intelligence service also Chief of General Directorate of National Security (DGSN), Morocco
  • Elijah Santigie Koroma, Technical Lead, National Registration Secretariat (NRS), Ministry of Information and Communications, Sierra Leone
  • Hans de Moel, Policy Officer, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Netherlands
  • Juan Enrique Blasco Fernandez, Coordinator and team-leader in projects, Ministry of Interior, Spain
  • Alvaro Rodriguez-Gaya, Head of Strategy and Outreach – European Migrant Smuggling Centre, EUROPOL
  • Dr Anthony Luka Elumelu, Head of Division Free Movement & Migration, ECOWAS Commission
  • Simon Deignan, Counter Terrorism Officer, OSCE
  • Peter van den Berg, President, European Association of Airport & Seaport Police
  • Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino, Commander, EU Naval Force Mediterranean
  • Rear Admiral Dr Hatem Albesher, Assistant of the General Department Director for Legal Affairs & International Cooperation, Saudi Border Guards and Chairman, Saudi Maritime Center for Consultations and Services, Saudi Arabia
  • Peter Nilsson, Project Manager, Border Police Division, AIRPOL
  • Muhammed Babandede MFR, Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Olga Derkach PhD, Senior Officer, International cooperation and Eurointegration Department, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine
  • Lieutenant-General Vasyl Servatiuk, The First Deputy Head, State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

For more speakers click here >>

Click here to download Preliminary Congress Programme (pdf) >>

2015 saw the continued escalation of the global migration crisis, with mass movements of people fleeing the war zones of the Middle East as well as illegal economic immigration from Africa and elsewhere. International terrorism shows every sign of increasing, posing real threats to the free movement of people.

2016 is expected to see a continuation of the migration challenges for the border management and security community, as little sign of peace and security in the Middle East is apparent and porous borders in Africa continue to provide challenges.

International organised criminal gangs and human and drug trafficking groups exploit opportunities and increasingly use the internet and technology to enhance their activities.

Controlling and managing international borders in the 21st Century continues to challenge the border control and immigration agencies around the world. It is generally agreed that in a globalised world borders should be as open as possible, but threats continue to remain in ever evolving circumstances and situations.

Advancements in technology are assisting in the battle to maintain safe and secure international travel. The border security professional still remains the front line against these threats.

The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management.

We need to continue the discussion, collaboration and intelligence sharing.

The World Border Security Congress, supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), European Association of Airport & Seaport Police (EAASP), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals, is the premier multi-jurisdictional transnational platform where the border  protection, management and security industry policy-makers and practitioners convene annually to discuss the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

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