05 November 2008
With time wasting line ups at airports and border crossings, travel, trade and tourism are being negatively affected. International cooperation in this area has become fractured and compartmentalized. It's time that likeminded governments and industry take a fresh approach and make travel and trade practices efficient again.
Borderpol is calling for the development and implementation of an International Passport Card to augment national passports to radically improve cross border security and facilitate legitimate trade and travel.
Established in March 2003, Borderpol's mission is to facilitate co-operation among national border services, to develop and maintain 21st century border management systems that effectively and efficiently protect and connect the international community. Borderpol's registered office is located in Ottawa, Canada.
Members and observers of the Borderpol Exploratory Committee include the governments of: Canada, Hungary, New Zealand, Norway, Peoples Republic of China, Republic of the Maldives, Republic of South Africa, Singapore, United Kingdom and United States of America.
A new Borderpol policy argues that this approach must centre on the creation of a global initiative to be called the "International Passport Card" which will make it possible to create dramatically more efficient and effective border clearance systems.
IPC would rely on Borderpol as a third-party identification provider that would act as a clearing house for the information required by likeminded states for the border crossing processing of international travellers. Borderpol would verify that travellers presenting an IPC are who they say they are. This way, government agencies worldwide could rely on a new and trustworthy system of authenticated personal identification.
Borderpol notes that the IPC card would have to be supported by individuals, the travel and trade industry as well as likeminded governments. This will demand that travellers be made aware of the value of the IPC and that the necessary legislative framework is developed by countries to support its implementation.
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