Consultation on Advanced Passenger Information systems in Turkmenistan
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IOM Turkmenistan, in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), recently held a seminar in the capital Ashgabat on advanced passenger information (API) systems.
The event was attended by employees of relevant ministries and departments, military and law enforcement bodies of Turkmenistan. Representatives of companies offering communication services for API systems, such as SITA, EDIFLY, Rockwell Collins and WCC also took part.
Advance Passenger Information systems (API) became mandatory for all 192 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states on 23 February, 2018. This means that all ICAO states must be able to collect data about passengers and crew members prior to their arrival, making travel easier for all and improving border controls.
"Being a member of ICAO, Turkmenistan is ready to follow its requirements on passenger security measures. During this workshop participants were eager to learn technical details and study the best legislative practices on API systems. We are continuing our consultations with the government on the best way to develop a national action plan on introduction of API and will be ready to support its implementation," said Azat Atajanov, Head of IOM’s Office in Turkmenistan.
The event was supported by the OSCE and the IOM Development Fund (IDF).