Border control

Venue: Johannesburg

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Event Date/Time: May 21, 2007 End Date/Time: May 23, 2007
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Crime in Southern Africa is at all-time high. Criminal activities such as human trafficking, smuggling, poaching, illegal immigration and drug trafficking are severe throughout Africa, and are a cause for real concern. One of the underlying reasons for the rampant crime in Southern Africa is the lack of effective border control mechanisms and support. Without adequate border management, improved border infrastructure, enhanced security, surveillance and technology, illegal cross-border trade and the infiltration of foreign criminal operators will continue to escalate.

Furthermore, it has been well documented that corrupt officials at the border posts are susceptible for bribery. The South African Department of Home Affairs is facing a battle of its own with recent revelations in the press over fraudulent identification documents.

The question lies what is being done to rectify this situation and whether better border management will contribute to increased tourism and trade in the SADC region. The open border agreement between five countries in Southern Africa has spurred much debate regarding the efficacy of border in promoting trade and tourism.
Are open borders the answer?
IQPC brings you BORDER CONTROL AFRICA 2007, a conference that brings together high-level delegates from law enforcement, security agencies, departments of home affairs, customs office, and other leading professional border control and management bodies. This event is scheduled for the 21 – 23 May 2007, addresses typical border security challenges in Southern Africa and beyond, featuring case studies and international perspectives on how to secure borders in the Sub-Saharan region