The Hindu on June 30, 2011 released the following:
“The Sri Lankan government plans to establish a Migration Intelligence Unit and a National Stolen and Lost Travel Document Passport database with “on-line real-time access” to Interpol’s global database to enhance Sri Lanka’s border security, strengthening its counter terrorism capacity.
The government website said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) initiated the project under the directions of the Defence Ministry. The government will implement the project by the end of this year. “The Interpol database services will be integrated with Sri Lanka’s immigration information system through the National Central Bureau,” said Migration Management Head Shantha Kulasekara. He said with the implementation of this project the Immigration Border Control System will be able to instantly access the Interpol database services, which has over 20 million data on lost passports and related documents.
The decision came on Thursday at the end of a two-day workshop. Participants included senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Immigration and Emigration, the Criminal Investigation Department and the State Intelligence Service.
The workshop was a component of a Canada-funded project to support Sri Lanka’s border security by strengthening its capacity to collect, analyse and share immigration intelligence. It is part of a global Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building programme established by the government of Canada.
“This project will contribute to increase collaboration on border security and border management…Canada is pleased to assist in strengthening existing border control mechanisms to bolster Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism capacity,” Canadian High Commissioner Bruce Levy told the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website.”
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