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ICAO, in coordination with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), will hold the first ICAO Regional Seminar on Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs), Biometrics and Security Standards from 6 to 8 April 2009 at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria.

Coordinating this event with the United Nations CTED is designed to highlight the relevance of ICAO’s MRTD Programme to a key provision [2(g)] in Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001) which obliges UN Member States to “prevent the movement of terrorists or terrorist groups by effective border controls and controls on issuance of identity papers and travel documents, and through measures for preventing counterfeiting, forgery or fraudulent use of identity papers and travel documents”, as well as to emphasize the fact that complying with ICAO’s MRTD standards is tantamount to complying with this provision of the resolution.

An exhibition will complement the Seminar and will serve to highlight important products and services related to MRTDs, biometric identification, security applications and border inspection systems.

Who should attend

The Seminar will be of particular interest to officials in charge of establishing national security policies, civil registries, national and other identity issuers and managers, passport issuing agencies, immigration, customs, police, civil aviation, facilitation and other border control and security authorities. Officials from airlines and airports involved in passenger service systems, handling of travel documents, facilitation and aviation security will also greatly benefit from attending the event.


For more information please contact:

MRTD Secretariat
Phone: +1 514-954-8219, extension 8165
Fax: +1 514-954-5061
E-mail: MRTDevents@icao.int

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