Countdown To CARIPASS

Chiefs of Immigration and Comptrollers of Customs from across the Caribbean yesterday began deliberations in a Joint Standing Committee Meeting which precedes the launch of the Regional Travel Card System (CARIPASS) next month.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Director of Projects at the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, Earl Harris, said major elements of the Travel Card’s implementation and operational process hinged on decisions that would be made at the meeting. He pointed to site readiness and personnel training as key areas that will need attention to ensure an optimum outcome, and asked member states to reiterate their full commitment to the project.

Harris said that apart from its convenience to those travelers who join the Trusted Traveler Regime and its potential to represent regionalism, the CARIPASS has a significant role to play as an independent source of funds for the development and engineering of critical infrastructure to address the spiraling crime rate in the region.

The CARIPASS is designed to facilitate expedited processing through immigration check points across the Region.

It will, in the first instance, be implemented in 10 CARICOM Member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

It is expected that the system will eventually be in use in all 15 CARICOM Member States.

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