The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will hold its Sixteenth Symposium on the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) from 31 March to 1 April 2020 at ICAO Headquarters in Montréal, Canada. The Symposium will be followed by the First Joint ICAO/International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Passenger Data Exchange Forum from 2 to 3 April 2020. A key point of the ICAO TRIP Strategy is the recognized need for innovative technologies in addressing border control challenges, which will be the focus of discussions at this year’s Symposium entitled “Game-changing Technologies Driving Seamless Border Management”.

Border control agencies often use extensive and layered safety and security checks as a way of delivering their mandate to manage the security risks associated with air transport and to cope with its challenges. These checks are inconvenient, unpleasant and stressful for passengers who may have to stand in long queues to comply with all kinds of regulatory formalities at the airport terminal, facilitation stakeholders both government and private are continuously looking for more efficient ways to manage borders through innovative and collaborative approaches.

In line with United Nations Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014) and 2396 (2017) which reaffirmed the importance of advance passenger information (API) and passenger name record (PNR) data systems for an efficient and secure border control management to combat terrorism, the Passenger Data Exchange Forum is an opportunity for INTERPOL and ICAO to share strategies and provide additional insight regarding best practices, procedures, specifications and technical mechanisms related to implementation modalities for API and PNR data systems.

The initiative is also in line with current standards and recommended practices on the use of advance passenger data in the form of Advance Passenger Information (API), the Passenger Name Record (PNR) for passenger risk management and targeting, thus facilitating a large majority of legitimate passengers and controlling risky ones. API and PNR data enable border control agencies to target known and unknown threats prior to the arrival of passengers at the terminal.

An exhibition will complement the Symposium, showcasing a broad range of products and services related notably to travel document security applications, border inspection and automated border control systems, and identity managementThe programme of the ICAO TRIP Sixteenth Symposium and Exhibition is currently in development and will be available shortly. Please continue to check back for the latest updates on the Symposium.

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