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World Border Security Congress has announced its provisional programme for Athens 2020

The conference committee have announced the provisional programme for World Border Security Congress to be held at Divani Caravel Hotel in Athens from the 31st March – 2nd April 2020.

The Congress 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.

This years programme theme is ‘Continuing the Discussion and Dialogue for Building Trust and Co-operation’ and will discuss the latest challenges and issues facing the inter-national borders community.

Topics include:

The Latest Threats and Challenges at the Border
With the final collapse of the so-called IS Caliphate, returning foreign fighters are a particular chal-lenge for the next few years, but mass migration, transiting terrorists, cross border organised crime, human trafficking, small arms, weapons of mass destruction and drug smuggling will continue to be areas of major concern for the global border community.

Continuing efforts against foreign terrorist fighters, irregular migration and human trafficking
How we deal with foreign terrorist fighters, irregular migration and human trafficking are inextricably linked. Because it is through clandestine trafficking networks that foreign fighters will attempt to re-turn to their countries of origin or to other destinations. They may also attempt to return through con-ventional travel networks by the use of forged or lookalike documents. Or they may hide among genu-ine refugees as we have already seen. These experienced fighters pose a real threat to their communities. API and PNR are part of the answer but what else can we do to meet this challenge?

Capacity Building and Training in Border and Migration Management
Enhancing capacity and migration management through by improved technical support and knowledge; administrative ability; promoting mechanisms for co-operation and the exchange of exper-tise between migration management personnel and the strengthening the monitoring and oversight.

Securing the Littoral Border: Understanding Threats and Challenges for Maritime Borders
Our coastline borders present huge security challenges for the border community. With dramatically varied terrain from mountains and cliffs to beaches and swamps. Tens of thousands of kilometers of extended coastline with multiple lonely bays, Inlets, estuaries and Islands that can all be exploited by terrorists, illegal migrants, drug and arms smugglers, human traffickers and organised crime. How do we secure this complex and challenging environment?

Pre-Travel Risk Assessment and Trusted Travellers
With a plethora of trusted traveller programs around the world, how can we make legitimate travel more seamless? Is it possible to provide better connectivity between programs? How can API / PNR play a role on pre-travel risk assessment.

The developing role of Biometrics in identity management & document fraud
Formal identification is a prerequisite for effective border control. Document fraud has become an enabler of terrorism and organised crime and is linked to the trafficking of human beings and migrant smuggling. Facial recognition, fingerprinting and iris scan are now maturing technologies with increas-ing accuracy and performance. What is the developing and future role of biometrics in managing iden-tity and our borders, and how are associated technologies best utilised to bridge the gap and under-documentation, so widespread in the developing world?

Smuggling & Trade in Illicit Goods, Antiquities and Endangered Species
The global trade in endangered species, over 1.5million transactions per year, will drive some species to extinction if the trade is not stopped. The cultural damage inflicted by the global trade in antiquities, valued over $20 billion, cannot be quantified but is all too easily understood. So, what can the border community do to stem the flow and illegal trade of illicit goods, antiquities and endangered species?

The Future Trends and Approach to Alternatives for Securing Borders
Brexit, the US/Mexico Wall, Greek/Turkish borders are forcing the debate about future border devel-opments. But could any or all of them really supply the blueprint for the future of borders for land, sea and air? Has Integrated Border Management (IBM) proven successful? What’s the latest thought lead-ership in enhancing border protection and management to counter the ever-changing challenges?

The 2020 World Border Security Congress is supported by the Ministry of Civil Protection of Greece, Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), African Union ECOSOCC (AU-ECOSOCC), European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience Consortium and International Association of CIP Professionals.

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Continuing the Discussion and Dialogue for Building Trust and Co-operation

Speakers include:
- Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director General of the Directorate-General
Migration and Home Affairs, European Commission
- Valdecy Urquiza, Assistant Director, INTERPOL, France
- Rimutis Klevecka, Ambassador at large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lithuania
- Peter Nilsson IPMc, Police Commissioner and Head of AIRPOL
- Jim Nye, Assistant Chief Constable – Innovation, Contact & Demand & NPCC Maritime Lead, Devon & Cornwall Police, UK
- Tasiu Sanusi Saulawa, Deputy Superintendent, Nigeria customs service
- Tatiana Kotlyarenko, Adviser on Anti-Trafficking Issues, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Poland
- Florian G. FORSTER, Head, Immigration and Border Management (IBM), International Organization for Migration (IOM), Switzerland
- Wayne Salzgaber, Director, INTERPOL Washington
- Sophie Hoffmann, Deputy Program Manager – Immigration and Border Management Unit (IBM), Inter-national Organization for Migrations (IOM), Niger
- Capt Junaid Abdullahi, Exeuctive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency, Nigeria
- Gerald Tatzgern, Head of Central Service Combating Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking, Ministry of Interior, Criminal Intelligence Service, Austria
- Senior Chief Inspector Hans-Peter Wagner, Project Manager for International Cooperation, Federal Police, Germany
- Heiko Werner, Head of Security Group, Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, Germany
- Helio Freixial, Smart Borders (EES – ETIAS) national project manager, SEF – Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service, Portugal
- Iryna Sushko, Executive director, Europe without barriers, Ukraine
- Mile Milenkoski, Senior Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic Of North Macedonia
- James Garcia, Assistant Director – Global Targeting Advisory Division, U.S. Customs and Border Protec-tion, U.S.A.
- Rear Admiral M Ashraful Haq, NUP, ndc, afwc, psc, Director General, Bangladesh Coast Guard Force
- Manoj Kumar, Second in Command, Border Security Force, India
- Rein Süld, Program Manager, Information Technology & Development Center Estonian Ministry of the Interior (SMIT), Estonia
- Radu Pop, Head of Sales, Infrastructure and Frontier Security Solutions, Airbus Defence and Space
- Christopher Gilliland, Director, Innovative Travel Solutions, Vancouver Airport Authority
- Nicolas Phan, Market Manager Border Control and Passenger Flow Facilitation, IDEMIA
- Orfeas-Konstantinos Sotiriou, Expert in Antiquities Smuggling Phenomenon/Cultural Heritage Protec-tion and National School for Public Administration and Local Government
- Peter Campbell, Assistant Director: British School at Rome
- Vassiliki Simi, MSc of Laws, International Law and Legal Studies, National School for Public Administra-tion and Local Government
- Katerina Koukouvaou, Archaeologist, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, Directorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities
- Angeliki Aloupi, Director of the Committee of Prevention and Management of Social Exclusion – Hel-lenic Community for Behavior Analysis
- Inesa Nicolaescu, Associate Border Security Officer, OSCE
- Senior Representative, Center for Security Studies (KEMEA), Greece
- Andy Palmer, Border Security Manager, Gatwick Airport
- Senior Representative, EUROPOL
- Senior Representative, Tajik Border Troops, Tajikistan
- Dr Olomu Babatunde Olukayode, Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Nigeria Customs Service

Please add World Border Security Congress to your events calendar. For more details about the event visit www.world-border-congress.com


Closed Workshops for Agency Only discussions
This years World Border Security Congress will see a number of ‘Agency Only’ workshops for closed discussions and development of actions points, throughout the congress. For further details visit www.world-border-congress.com/conference/closed-workshops.
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Special Border Agency Registration
The World Border Security Congress is open for members of federal government, border management agencies, law enforcement or inter-governmental agencies and members (public and official) involved in border security, management and protection. Applications will be reviewed and considered on an individual basis. Delegates are requested to register sufficiently early to ensure participation.

Further details of registration can be found at www.world-border-congress.com/registration.#

This annual gathering is the place to discover some of the world challenges and solutions, the opportunity to share ideas and to facilitate valuable inter-agency cooperation. 

We look forward to welcoming you on March 31st-2nd April 2020 in Athens, Greece for the annual discussion on the international challenges faced in protecting borders.

Yours sincerely

Neil Walker
Event Director
World Border Security Congress
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