About the Conference

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA) will host the 6th Conference on Technical Cooperation & Capacity Building for Border Management and Identity (6th BMIC), together with an exhibition of the latest border and identity management solutions, on 7-9 December 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. Since the first Border Management and Identity Conference in 2010, this international event has become the largest gathering of national government authorities specializing in Immigration, Home Affairs, Border Control, Civil Registration, Customs, Population Management, Justice, Health, Public Security and other agencies with responsibilities in the area of Migration, Border and Identity Management.

The conference is an opportunity for stakeholders to share information on new developments and continue to define the border and identity management agenda, in pursuit of the stated objectives. The conference includes an exhibition of the latest solutions and technologies designed to improve facilitation of cross border movements while strengthening national security, to enable government authorities and international partner organizations to advance border and identity management processes.

Objective and Theme

The conference and exhibition were founded by IOM and APSCA as an initiative to support improvements in border and identity management, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. The biennial meeting has a specific focus on fostering border and identity governance through closer consultation and cooperation between the key stakeholders in the sphere of identity management, including:

  • Government authorities responsible for border and identity management;
  • International partner organizations and development agencies;
  • Leading providers of identity solutions;
  • Subject matter experts;

MIGRATION, MOBILITY AND TRADE DURING GLOBAL DISRUPTIONS
In Asia Pacific and around the world, governments are dealing with major disruptions from a global pandemic, natural disasters and conflicts, which have created unimaginable obstacles for migration flows, severely restricted human cross-border mobility and challenged state’s responsibilities to citizens and travellers.

These disruptions are also creating uncertainty in the economic environment. Now, more than ever before, the facilitation of international migration flows and the expedition of human mobility can benefit cross-border trade and economic development, which have been interrupted by travel restrictions during the pandemic, and now by the recent conflicts and natural disasters.

"The pandemic has had and continues to have a huge impact on global mobility. It is essential to ensure that human mobility is fully incorporated into pandemic preparedness, response and recovery planning."

"Without global mobility there will be no economic recovery."

António Vitorino, Director General of the International Organization for Migration, May 2022

7 - 9
December 2022

Bangkok,
Thailand

42
Speakers

30
Exhibition Booths

Tentative Agenda     U P D A T E !

08:00 Welcome and Registration
Main Entrance, Grand Riverside Ballroom, 10th Floor

BMIC secretariat
09:00 Opening Ceremony
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Ms. Laura Scorretti
Senior Regional Immigration and Border Governance Specialist
IOM

09:10 Welcome Speech
Government of Thailand
Mr. Narong Boonsatheanwong
Deputy Director-General (Acting Director-General)
Department of Consular Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

09:20 Welcome Speech/Message
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mr. Antonio Vitorino
Director-General
IOM

09:30 Introductory Remarks
Government of New Zealand
Conference Chairperson
Mr. Dion Chamberlain
Manager, Product Development, Identity and Life Events
Department of Internal Affairs

09:40 Keynote Speech
European Border and Coast Guard Agency - Frontex
Ms. Ana Cristina Jorge
Frontex Director of the Operational Response Division
Frontex

09:50 Official Opening of Exhibition
Asia Pacific Smart Card Association (APSCA)
Mr. Greg Pote
Chairman
APSCA

10:00 Refreshment Break and Visiting the Exhibition

11:15 European Union Agency for the Operational Management of
Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice
(EU-LISA)


Mr. Krum Garkov
Director of EU-LISA

11:35 Overview of the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Ms. Christiane Der Marker
Facilitation Technical Officer ICAO

11:55 Frontex INTERPOL Electronic Library Document System (FIELDS)
International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)/Frontex
Mr. Fabrizio Di Carlo, Senior Coordinator
Forensics and Police Data Management

Mr. Robert Frain
Policy Officer, FIELDS

12:15 UNCCT/UNOCT Good Practices in the Area of Border Security and Management in the Context of Counterterrorism:
The Republic of Korea Model

United Nations Office for Counter Terrorism

Mr. Rocco Messina
Head of Border Security and Management

12:35 Increasing flexibility of immigration and border management systems
in responding to unordinary situations

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mr. Donato Colucci
Head, Border and Identity Solutions
IOM

12:55 Lunch

14:00 Ukraine’s DIIA initiative and management of people outflow Ms. Liudmyla Rabchynska
Former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine

14:20 Lessons Learned from the Moldovan
Response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis

Government of Moldova
Mr. Roman GUȚU
Deputy Director of Directorate for Strategic Development and External Assistance, Moldova Border Police

14:40 Entry/Exit System in the Schengen Area and its impact on Austria
Government of Austria
Ms. Monika Lemmerer
Liaison Officer, Ministry of Interior, Government of Austria

15:00 The IOM Legal Identity Strategy
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Mr. Nelson Goncalves
Head of the Legal Identity Unit
IOM

15:20 Refreshment Break

16:20 Legal Identity and Registration of Eswatini citizens and residents
Government of Eswatini
Mr. Makhosi Simelane
Chief Immigration Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Eswatini.

16:40 Biometric borders: Leveraging technology for secure, contactless identity verification and passenger screening
Government of Seychelles

Mr. Alan Renaud
Seychelles’ Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine

17:00 Data and Technology to enable Border Facilitation
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Ms. Younkyung Kim
Regional Manager, Operations, Safety and Security, Asia-pacific, IATA

17:20 Best Practices for Assisting Evacuees from Ukraine
Government of Japan
Ms. Erika Noda
Section Chief of Residency Support Division, Residency Management and Support Department, Immigration Services Agency, Ministry of Justice, Government of Japan

17:40 End of Day 1

Workshop 1
Integrating climatic risks into analysis of and preparation for cross – border population displacement

Chair: Mr. Ross Greenwood
Room: Galaxy

Workshop 2
Facilitation during crises – Pivotal role of border management in preparing for major disruptions

Chair: Dr. Frank Paul
Room: Moon

09:00 Introduction to Workshop 1
Chair

Introduction to Workshop 2
Chair

09:15 Regional Cooperation and Multilateral Approach to Border Management in the Pacific
Mr. Akuila Ratu

Estonia’s practices and overall response to the arrivals and registration of Ukrainians (Managing Identity/Registration)
Mr. Vaiko Vaher
Leading Law Enforcement Officer, Crisis Preparedness Bureau, Estonian Police and Border Guard Board, Government of Estonia

09:30 Managing Borders and Lessons Learnt Post-Pandemic
Ms. Amelia Komaisavai
Director, Fiji Immigration Department, Government of Fiji

Lessons learned from covid and conflict: applying seamless travel tools to improve borders of the future
Steve Grant
Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Identity Verification, Entrust

09:45 The impact of environmental- and security-driven displacement on identity management: the case of northern Mozambique
Mr. Arafat Nadim D Almeida Juma ZAMILA
The Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Mozambique

Lessons Learned from the Romanian Response to the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis
Mr. Cornel Stoica
Director of the Surveillance and Control Center at OTP and BBU airports in Bucharest, Romania

10:00 Planning for cross-border population displacement in relation to disaster and climate change – Solomon Islands
Mr. Malachi Bate’e
Chief Resilience Officer (Human Settlement) for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology, Solomon Islands

Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

10:15 Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants




10:30 Refreshment Break

11:30 Management of vast borders under pressure from climate change and conflict
Mr. Hedou Hamane
Director of Audit
ANRPTS (Agence Nationale du Registre des Populations et des Titres Sécurisés) - Civil Registre Agency, Mauritania

From smartphones to secure border control: How to handle a lack of infrastructure when a crisis hits
Mr. Mate Fejes
Director of Global Sales – APAC, Innovatrics

11:45 Hemp renaissance allows decreasing carbon footprint of
cross-border travel

Industrial Innovation Group,
LLP

Facilitation during crises: use of mobile biometric devices at border control for refugee registration. Case studies: Ukrainian war refugee registration in Europe and refugee registration in Africa
Mr. Wilhelm Faul
Vice President Sales, Laxton, Southeast Asia

12:00 Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

12:30 Outcome and Recommendations
Chair

Outcome and Recommendations
Chair

12:45 Lunch

Workshop 3
Credentials for pandemics: Innovative solutions to issues and processes involving “immunity travel documents”

Chair: Ir. Prof. Raymond Wong
Room: Galaxy

Workshop 4
Beyond the biological threat: Strengthening border technology against cyber-attacks and technical disruptions

Chair: Mr. Haddon Wright
Room: Moon

14:00 Introduction to Workshop 3
Chair

Introduction to Workshop 4
Chair

14:15 Mrs. Nkuranga Lynder
Director General of DGIE
Government of Rwanda

Controls at all levels
Mr. Paul Cross, Head of Border Management Sydney Practice (SITA)

14:30 Rethinking the paper-based vaccination certificates in post-COVID era
Mr. Mattias Schneider, Marketing Manager, NXP

The Three Laws in practice
  • Introduction to the Three Laws of Biometrics and a Good Practice Framework for biometrics
  • Practical insights / Real-world insights into risks
Ms. Isabelle Moeller
Chief Executive, Biometrics Institute

14:45 How pandemic driven solutions lead to a more convenient and
secure travel experience

Corinna Schindler, Global Vice President – Head of Business Line Verification, Veridos Identity Solution


Business Continuity Issues for Border Systems
Mr. Ross Greenwood
Principal, Identity Matters Consulting

15:00 Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

15:30 Refreshment Break

16:30 A cross-agency platform for risk-based targeting in border operations
Dr. Chathura De Silva & Shantha Kulasekara
Government of Sri Lanka ( in collaboration with IOM)

The Political Dimension of Cyber Security
Mr. Krum Garkov
Former Director of The European Union Agency For the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (EU -LISA)

16:45 Immunity status as new use case in the digitalization of electronic IDs
Mr. Eric Bultel
Secure Microcontrollers Division, Identity, Transportation and Pay TV Marketing Manager

How Egypt made the national identity program more resilient to major disruptions
Mr. Ihar Bayarenka
Vice President, Public Sector Solutions, Industrial Innovation Group LLC

17:00 Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

Discussion
Chair, Speakers and Participants

17:30 Outcome and Recommendations
Chair

Outcome and Recommendations
Chair

17:45 End of Day 2

09:10 Opening of Conference Day 3
Government of New Zealand
Conference Chairperson
Mr. Dion Chamberlain
Manager, Product Development, Identity and Life Events
Department of Internal Affairs

09:20 Undermining is everywhere but no one sees it!
Integrity risk displaces focus on document security
Mr. Fons Knopjes
Former Senior Advisor/Liaison Officer
National Office for Identity Data
The Netherlands

09:40 Pakistan’s border and identity management responses
Government of Pakistan
Mr. Sheharyar Ajmal Khan
Head of Business Development, NADRA

10:00 Biometrics and its role in enhancing border security in Arab countries Dr. Fahad M. Alharby
Vice President for Scientific Research, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS)

10:20 Refreshment Break and Visiting the Exhibition

11:20 Contrasting document and identity fraud in field activities at borders
FRONTEX
Claudio Kavrecic
Senior Lead Officer
Operational Response Division

11:40 Moving Identity Management into the Digital Age: Humanitarian Delivery
into Refugee Crisis

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Ms. Amalina Majit
Senior Registration and Identity Management Officer
UNHCR

12:00 Post-Pandemic is Pre-Pandemic: What Role can Free Movement Zones
and Cross-Border Identities Play

IOM

Mr. Stephan D. Hofstetter
Expert on biometric solutions

12:20 Migration, Trade Facilitation and National Security in Zambia
Government of Zambia
Dr. Japhet Lishomwa
Director General, Immigration

12:40 Lunch

14:00 Report of Workshop 1 - Integrating climatic risks into analysis of and preparation for cross – border population displacement Mr. Ross Greenwood
Principal
Identity Matters Consulting

14:15 Report of Workshop 2 – Facilitation during crises
– Pivotal role of border management in preparing for major disruptions
Dr. Frank Paul
Adviser
Support Group for Ukraine
European Commission

14:30 Report of Workshop 3 - Credentials for pandemics: Innovative
solutions to issues and processes involving
“immunity travel documents”
Ir. Prof. Raymond Wong
Professor
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

14:45 Report of Workshop 4 - Beyond the biological threat: Strengthening border technology against cyber-attacks and technical disruptions Mr. Haddon Wright
Principal, Primary Line
Australia

15:00 Closing Ceremony
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Ms. Sarah Lou Arriola
Regional Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, IOM

15:15 End of 6th Border Management and Identity Conference (BMIC)

Speakers

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Antonio Vitorino

Director General
IOM

Chairperson: Dion Chamberlain

Manager
Product Development, Identity and Life Events
Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand

Laura Scorretti

Senior Specialist Immigration and Border Governance for Asia and the Pacific
IOM

Donato Colucci

Senior Border&Identity Solutions Specialist
Immigration and Border Management
IOM

Greg Pote

Chairman
APSCA

Dr. Frank Paul

Member of the European Commission's Support Group for Ukraine
E.U Commission

ANA CRISTINA JORGE

Director of Operational Response Division
FRONTEX

Claudio Kavrecic

Senior Lead Officer - Centre of Excellence for Combating Document Fraud
FRONTEX

Fabrizio Di Carlo

Senior Coordinator of Police Data Management
INTERPOL General Secretariat

Paul Cross

Project Portfolio Director
SITA, Sydney practice

Christiane Der Marker

Facilitation Technical Officer
ICAO

Younkyung (Youn) Kim

Regional Manager, Operations, Safety and Security, Asia-pacific
International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Isabelle Moeller

Chief executive
Biometrics Institute Ltd.

Rocco Messina

Head of the Border Security and Management Unit at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) within the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT)
UNOCT

Liudmyla Rabchynska

Former Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation
Government of Ukraine

Nur Amalina Abdul Majit

Senior Registration and Identity Management Officer
UNHCR

Alan Renaud

Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine
Seychelles’ Principal Secretary for Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine

Ir. Prof. Raymond Wong

Professor
Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Ross Greenwood

Principal
Identity Matters Consulting

Steven Grant, P.Eng.

Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances for Identity Verification
Entrust

Fons Knopjes

Senior Research and Development Advisor
National Office for Identity Data

Mate Fejes

Director of Global Sales
APAC - Innovatrics

Corinna Schindler

Global Vice President – Head of Business Line Verification
VERIDOS

Matthias Schneider

Segment Marketing Manager
NXP Semiconductors’ secure identification and authentication solutions

Amelia Kotobalavu Komaisavai

Director for the Fijian Immigration department, for the Government of Fiji.
Fijian Immigration department

Haddon Wright

Principal
Primary line

Ihar Bayarenka

Vice President, Public Sector Solutions
Industrial Innovation Group LLC

Robiya Ibragimova

General director
JV LLC “RS SUCCESS AGRO” (IIG company)

Makhosi Simelane

Eswatini Chief Immigration Officer
Eswatini Immigration department

Chathura de Silva

Professor in Computer Engineering, University of Moratuwa
Sri Lanka

Dr. Fahad Alharby

Vice President for Scientific Research
Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS)

Stephan D. Hofstetter

IOM expert on biometric solutions
IOM

Malachi Bate’e

Chief Resilience Officer, Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change
Disaster Management and Meteorology

Krum Garkov

former Executive Director
EU-LISA

Shantha Kulasekara

Head of Migration Governance
IOM

Wilhelm Faul

Vice President for South-East Asia
Laxton group

Eric Bultel

Marketing Manager
Identity & eGovernment, STMicroelectronics

Nelson Goncalves

Head of the Legal Identity Unit
IOM

Erika Noda

Section Chief of Residency Support Division
Immigration Services Agency, Ministry of Justice, Government of Japan

Vaiko Vaher

Leading Law Enforcement Officer
Estonian Police and Border Guard Board

Arafat Nadim D’Almeida Jumá Zamila

National Director of Civil registry
Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs

Roman GUTU

Deputy Director of Directorate for Strategic Development and External Assistance
Moldova Border Police


Venue

AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel
257 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi
Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 431 9100
Book Your Room

riverside.bangkok@avanihotels.com

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Confirmed Participants

  • European Union

  • Australia

  • Austria

  • Bangladesh

  • Bahrain

  • Brazil

  • Canada

  • Cambodia

  • Peoples’ Republic of China

  • Hong Kong SAR

  • Denmark

  • Djibouti

  • Estonia

  • Eswatini

  • Ethiopia

  • Fiji

  • Finland

  • France

  • Ghana

  • Germany

  • India

  • Indonesia

  • Iran

  • Italy

  • Japan

  • Kiribati

  • Kuwait

  • Luxembourg

  • Malaysia

  • Malawi

  • Maldives

  • Madacascar/Comoros

  • Mauritania

  • Mauritius

  • Moldova

  • Mongolia

  • Morocco

  • Mozambique

  • Nepal

  • The Netherlands

  • New Zealand

  • Nigeria

  • Oman

  • Papua New Guinea

  • Pakistan

  • Philippines

  • Republic of Korea

  • Romania

  • Rwanda

  • Samoa

  • Saudi Arabia

  • Seychelles

  • Solomon-Islands

  • Sri Lanka

  • Sudan

  • Thailand

  • Timor Leste

  • Tonga

  • Ukraine

  • United Kingdom

  • United States of America

  • Yemen

  • Zambia


Pending Confirmation

  • Iraq

  • Ireland

In Partnership With

Photos from Previous Conferences


Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific

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3 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 343 9414

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