ICAO, with the support of the Government of Mozambique, will
hold a Regional Seminar on Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs),
Biometrics and Security Standards on 24 to 26 November 2010 in
Maputo, Mozambique, at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centre.
This important event will address ICAO MRTD specifications, identity
management norms and related border security issues with focus
on Africa and the Middle East. The final day will be devoted to
capacity-building challenges with particular reference to travel
document and border security gaps in the region, which could be
assisted by the international community through technical cooperation
A select group of Industry Partners will complement the Seminar,
displaying a broad range of products and services related to MRTDs,
biometric identification, travel document security applications
and border inspection systems.
MRTDs in the context of evolving global
ICAO develops specifications for passports and other travel documents
to ensure interoperability, promote enhanced facilitation, increase
confidence in the reliability of travel documents, and contribute
to national and international security. ICAO-compliant secure
travel documents and a robust identity management regime are powerful
tools in preventing and combating terrorism and serious transnational
crime. However, remaining weaknesses in identity management or
travel document security flaws tend to be exploited by terrorists
and criminals worldwide and present a weak link in global efforts
to ensure security, stability, good governance and the rule of
A key finding from the 9/11 Commission Report was that “for terrorists,
travel documents are as important as weapons.” The issuance and
integrity of travel documents, border security and identity management
remain an important and integral part of global counter-terrorism
capacity-building efforts in furthering the objectives of the
UN Security Council Resolution 1373 (2001).
In addition to the “traditional” capacity gaps, new capacity
building needs have been emerging, calling for closer integration
between identity management, border security and aviation security.
The failed Denver terror plot of 25 December 2009 has demonstrated
the limitations of narrowly-defined aviation security.
Hence the need to redefine the security vision fundamentally
moving to a comprehensive intelligence-led security approach,
that would integrate and enhance current aviation security screening
practices with national and border security solutions, based on
effective data sharing and national and international inter-agency
cooperation. Effective national and international security is
indivisible and requires a comprehensive and all-inclusive system
that is built on global harmonization, effective information exchange,
industry-government cooperation, risk assessment and efficient
technology that will assist authorities to take action.
Who Should Attend
The Seminar will be of particular interest to officials from
national identity and travel document issuance authorities, passport
offices, immigration, customs and other border inspection and
law enforcement agencies; Ministries of Interior, National Security
and Foreign Affairs, as well as embassy Consular staff. Other
key stakeholders include private companies offering technologies
and products for effective international identity and border management,
airlines and airport authorities, security and facilitation consultants,
academia and think tanks.