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22 February 2013 - Media release

South Pacific’s role in regional and global security focus of INTERPOL Chief’s visit

Secretary General’s regional mission begins with first-time visit to Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble is undertaking a mission to the South Pacific (22 February - 1 March) during which he will make his first official visit to five countries in a bid to boost regional and international police cooperation and capacity against crimes such as drug and human trafficking.

With Mr Noble’s visit first taking him to Papua New Guinea, discussions on Friday with Minister of Police Nixon Duban and the country’s Police Commissioner and Head of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Konedobu, Toami Kulunga, included boosting police collaboration between the country and INTERPOL’s global network, regional partnerships, and extending INTERPOL’s tools and services to officers on the frontline, including its I-24/7 secure police communications system.

"Papua New Guinea considers enhanced cooperation with INTERPOL essential to the security of its citizens and to its increased economic development," said Mr Duban.

To this end Papua New Guinea’s Minister of Police emphasized the need for INTERPOL to install its state-of-the-art passport screening system in place at the country’s largest international airport in Port Moseby, ‘so we can make sure that only those carrying valid passports gain access to Papua New Guinea’.

During his mission Mr Noble will highlight the role of the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) due to open in Singapore in 2014, which will emphasize innovation in the areas of capacity building and cybercrime.

Mr Noble will also encourage adoption of INTERPOL’s Travel Document which to date has been recognized by 59 countries. It is intended to enable INTERPOL officials and police to travel internationally on official INTERPOL business without requiring a visa when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments.

In this respect, Minister Duban added: "I have assured Secretary General Noble that Papua New Guinea will commit to recognizing the INTERPOL passport in order to help our law enforcement officers and INTERPOL staff avoid unnecessary red tape when traveling internationally on official business at the invitation of INTERPOL member countries."

Underlining his ‘ongoing commitment to learn first-hand the needs of member countries and to identify ways that INTERPOL can help them keep their citizens safe and fight crime internationally’, the INTERPOL Chief’s regional tour of the South Pacific will also include Tonga, Fiji, Nauru and the Marshall Islands.

Mr Noble’s mission will see him visit his 165th INTERPOL member country since he was first elected Secretary General in 2000.