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Pattaya Daily News

13 August 2006 :: 10:08:10 am 30090

Lost Passport Detection System May Expand,

BANGKOK, Thailand — A computerized system that detects lost and stolen passports, currently being tested in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, may be expanded to other Asia Pacific countries to help deter the criminal passport trade.
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    The Regional Movement Alert List system would be used at border crossings and would send passport information to the country that issued the passport.

    If the passport has been reported as lost or stolen, the system would alert border checkpoint authorities to investigate, said the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Mobility Group, a committee set up by APEC to facilitate business travel.

    “There are more than 3 million passports that have been reported stolen or lost in the APEC Region and some of these will be in the hands of terrorists and other criminals,” said Vincent McMahon, the convener of the APEC Business Mobility Group, an APEC committee charged with overseeing the expansion of the Regional Movement Alert List system.

    “Before the introduction of (this system) there was no way to detect when these passports were being used to cross borders outside of the country where they were issued,”he said in a statement.

    The group this week held a workshop in Pattaya to inform senior government officials about the system so that they can consider implementing it in their respective countries.

    If the trials of the system prove successful in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, the 21 member economies of APEC will consider adopting the system for use in the region.

APEC members include
Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, United States and Vietnam.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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