Maldives to Participate in Customs Asia Pacific Enforcement Reporting System
(Wednesday, January 25, 2006)
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Washington, D.C. —Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting
Commissioner Deborah J. Spero announced that Maldives signed a Memorandum of Understanding
enabling their participation in the Customs Asia Pacific Enforcement Report System
(CAPERS). Allen Gina, Executive Director, Container Security Initiative Division,
Office of International Affairs signed on behalf of CBP and the Honorable Ibrahim
Rashad, Minister of State, Principal Collector of Customs, signed on behalf of
CAPERS, a secure, real-time international communication network, allow participating
customs administrations to communicate information instantly about national security
and anti-terrorism issues. There are currently 25 countries participating in the
network in various locations in the Pacific, Caribbean, and North America.
The memorandum of understanding is a continuation of a formal partnership that
began with the signing of the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement last June in
“The healthy commerce that binds our two nations must be protected from
illegal trade, narcotics smuggling, and terrorism that threatens legitimate international
business everywhere. CAPERS will help strengthen and safeguard our trade relationship,”
said Acting Commissioner Spero.
The signing of the MOU, solidifies the benefits of establishing mutual collaborations
through formal accords, which are designed to promote the exchange of information
that will curb customs offenses detrimental to the economic interests and security
of a nation.
As such, CAPERS will help strengthen and safeguard trade relationships, enhance
the prevention of narcotics/contraband smuggling and assist with the detection
of other violations of Customs laws by the timely exchange of information.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the
Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection
of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged
with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing
hundreds of U.S. laws.
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